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Angus Hardern Year: 1948 Villages: HandcrossStanbridge Farm
The Great Freeze during the winter of 1948 hits Stanbridge Farm where I lived with my parents until I left home in 1962.
In 1938 my parents were living in Reigate and had just returned from a trip to Germany. Convinced that a war (and food shortages) was imminent, they looked for a place to rent and came across Stanbridge Farm. The rental was probably very low because farming in England was very depressed, and also the house itself was in quite a primitive state. It had been enlarged since Dorothy Longley’s days with an extension at its eastern end, rumoured to have been designed by Lutyens, and someone had installed a well, a pump, and a DC generator in two purpose-built brick outhouses (and left a lot of empty soda syphons which I played with as a kid unsuccessfully!). However I think the house has lain empty for quite a time and thieves had made off with the generator and fittings.
Continued on picture #761.
Picture added on 11 June 2013 at 09:17
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