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Stanbridge Cottage
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Stanbridge Cottage

Stanbridge Cottage was located just off the driveway to Stanbridge Farm some 50 yards from the London to Brighton Road.
It was originally used as a home for a farm worker and had no electricity, no hot water system, and an outside privy. My parents took advantage of the post-war improvement grants and had it hooked up to mains electricity and installed a Rayburn. The privy remained where it was!
Until the early 1950s the cottage was occupied by a woman called Bessie Tuckett who worked part-time as a cleaner/charlady in the district. She had two children, Colin and Valerie, and, according to my mother, “nice legs, false teeth and several gentlemen friends”. Colin joined the merchant navy and Bessie and Valerie emigrated to South Africa.
My parents then rented out the cottage to a Mr Fletcher, a retired tea planter (I think), who did a little farming, more or less as a hobby. He had a housekeeper, Mrs Rita Hocken, who had a daughter, Susan, whom Mr Fletcher allowed to set up a poodle kennel business which traded, of course, under the name of Stanbridge Kennels.
Picture added on 11 June 2013 at 12:13
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Comments:
I remember the Fletchers. We used to pop in to see them when we were staying at Stanbridges with our grandparents.
The kennels had gone by the time my family arrived. I have no recollection of the kennels so they must have gone.
Added by Andrew Claringbull on 13 October 2014
Yes, I remember it well.
I am Sue, who lived there!
Added by Sue Hardy (née Hocken) (USA) on 08 December 2015
My mother, Rita Hocken, just died last night, nearly 99!
I remember walking through Hales Farm when we walked to Staplefield school. Also the farm got "foot and mouth" disease so we had to go through troughs of disinfectant.
I also remember the pond drying up, and we caught the fish to take up to the pond in the woods.
Added by Sue Hardy (née Hocken) (USA) on 08 December 2015
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