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Aerial view of Red Lion and Handcross High Street
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Aerial view of Red Lion and Handcross High Street

The main difference between this view and today’s are the green fields to the west of the High Street now occupied by Windmill Platt and Smugglers End.
At the top of Horsham Road, Snelling’s butchers shop, now a private house, still has the shop window, the house next to Roberts House has the Lloyds Bank sign outside, and E. S. Hibbs & Sons Ltd has its name displayed above the white awnings.

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Picture added on 28 January 2012 at 18:15
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The gardens of 1-6 Oakley Cottages (bottom right) which appear to be exclusively laid to vegetables had no dividing fences or hedges to block light and so impeed growth. Fencing and hedges have been slowly introduced with the latest fence going in between 4 & 5 (24/8/12) only leaving 5 & 6 still un-fenced.
Added by Steve Latus on 27 August 2012
Interestingly, from memory, homeowners used to rent the extended parts of their enlarged gardens as the land was rented out by Nymans.
Added by Anon on 03 December 2014
My understanding is that the bottom portion of the gardens was rented for a "peppercorn" rent during the war (WWI or WWII?) for raising chickens.
The line dividing off the rented section is rather indeterminate now, owners having erased their original boundary. Technically, to this day, no permanent structures should be erected on the rented land, so sheds and other structures tend to mark the limit of ownership.
Added by Steve Latus on 03 December 2014
I have now found a better quality version of this photograph and uploaded it.
Furthermore a Large Version is now available.
Added by Barry Ray on 29 January 2015
Regarding that westerly field or meadow, I remembered being chased by the owner of the meadow and being hollered at “It’s my horse field. It’s private property!” I guess it’s like that being a local, so many changes and visual memories.
Like on a summer’s day, just standing where the bonfire was in the Red Lion car park and gazing at the property fences to the very far end to the recreation ground.
So then, Quentin Smith, I don’t suppose you remember when your jog togs let you hang upside down from a tree at the bottom of the rec next to the fence, before the communications tower and building were built!

Added by Anon on 31 January 2015
The fields were owned by Frank Legg who had the factory where the entrance to Windmill Platt is now.
He lived in the house to the right of Devonshire Cottage (now Sabrina's Sweet Things) and then moved to Archpool where the doctor's surgery used to be.
Frank kept his horse, Maximillian, in the field. I remember him riding him up and down the High Street.
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 03 February 2015
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