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Tilgate Forest Lodge, Pease Pottage
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Tilgate Forest Lodge, Pease Pottage

The stables were an important part of daily life, both as a leisure activity and, as in this instance, a means of transport for an important gentleman suitably dressed to take out his horse and carriage. Two members of the staff are in attendance but I have no record as to who they are.
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Picture added on 11 May 2013 at 21:41
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Tilgate Forest Lodge
I first remember this stable yard in 1936, the wall had been removed because there were no more carriage horses.
The stalls were topped with a curved steel rail and bars of diminishing-length which sounded musical when hit with an iron rod.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and their daughter lived in the attached coachman's house on the left-hand corner and the extended building housed the huge single-cylinder deisel generator engine with numerous four-gallon glass cell accumulators to store the 110 volt DC electricity.
My Dad sometimes had charge of this plant where a blowlamp had to be used to pre-heat the cylinder head. Soon afterwards it was decommissioned; the glass cells often being used as aquariums.
This was where my brother and I, and all the other farmhands, came to admire the first tractor that had been delivered standing next to Mr. O. T. Norris's Ford car. It was a blue 1936 Fordson, registration number CPX 823.
My Dad, not being particularly mechanically-minded was allotted to be the driver. The Highway Regulations, that were introduced in 1935, meant that he would need "L" plates and Bill Alcock, the other carter, went with him when driving on the road because he, being a motorcyclist, had a driving licence.
An orange Fordson tractor was purchased in 1937 for Bill Alcock.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 12 May 2013
I now own and live in this building; it is now called The Coach House.
Over the years it has been altered in various ways and refurbished accordingly. It does still have some of the original features.
Any more photos would be much appreciated.

Added by Grahame Fox on 05 November 2016
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