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Car and van in Horsham Road, Handcross
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Car and van in Horsham Road, Handcross

With just a van and a car parked in the Horsham Road and nothing whatsoever parked outside Warren Cottages, it is a peaceful scene in Handcross.
It looks as if that beastly creeper has returned to attack numbers 13 and 14.
Picture added on 30 April 2013 at 16:58
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Roads - Handcross - Horsham Road and Coos Lane
Hi. Where can I please learn something about the history of the Hyde Estate, the Warren family, and any other families that lived there, and any reasons as to why the estate was broken up? I was recently involved in a walk that took us through part of the park as far as the house and around both East and West Handcross and so became interested to learn more.
Many thanks, Ken Measures.
Added by Ken Measures. on 13 May 2013
In the limited edition of The Story of Swallowfield (2001), Tony Turner of Mannings Heath notes that Thomas Bigg lived at The Hyde in 1373.
Edward Bigg, born 1760, became a very successful London solicitor who had a passion for looking over houses that were being demolished. The staircase, marble pillars and furniture at the Hyde may have been sourced this way.
The Bigg family had developed and moved to Swallowfield at Mannings Heath when Col. Warren bought The Hyde in 1922.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 15 May 2013
Ken, I refer to your query above. A recent resident of the main house at the Hyde spent several years writing a book about the Hyde and I was able to supply him with certain material. Unfortunately, he died some four years ago before the book was published. I shall investigate this matter with a view to making the material he collected more widely available.
Otherwise, there is information available in "Slaugham" by Rev. W. A. Dengate, "Around Old Slaugham" by Roger Ray, and,of course, this website.
Added by Barry Ray on 02 June 2013
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