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Five Cross Ways Garage (1 of 3)
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Five Cross Ways Garage (1 of 3)

This picture was taken on the day Five Cross Ways Garage closed for the final time to make way for the construction of the Warninglid flyover in about 1994.
The business was located on the junction of the roads to Staplefield and Cuckfield, within a few yards of the A23. It was also known under the title Pitts Head Garage.
The breakdown truck is a converted army truck and throughout my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s it always stood in the workshop; I do not recall it ever being used on the road during that period.
Picture added on 29 August 2013 at 22:34
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Roads - Warninglid - Cuckfield Lane & Brighton Road
My ancestor, Edward Pitt, owned the Pitt's Head Inn, which I assume stood near here.
He stated in his will dated 1823:-
My Messuage Tenement Inn or Public House called or known by the name or sign of the Pitts Head together with the Stables, Buildings, Garden, Orchard, Farm Lands, Hereditaments, and Premises thereunto belonging called Hasledean containing by Estimation Twenty five Acres (more or less) situate lying and being in the Parish of Cuckfield aforesaid and now in my own Occupation
Anonymous comment added on 28 September 2013
The Pitts Head Garage was on the east side of the A23, but about 150 yards away on the west side of the road stood the now-demolished Hazeldean Farm. It seems most likely that the spelling varied over the years and that is the same property as mention in Edward's will.
To find pictures and details of the farmhouse enter "Hazeldean" in the search facility above.
Added by Barry Ray on 29 September 2013
Hazeldean Farm is still in existence on the west side of the A23. The original farmhouse was demolished in 1938, but a new farmhouse was built and still stands.
The garage in this picture was demolished to make way for the new exit slip road from the A23 when it was expanded to three lanes in the early 1990s; whereas the flyover was built in the early 1980s.
Added by Paul Williams on 02 July 2014
During the 1950s and 1960s the garage was run by Claude Daly with his wife and her father running a taxi service. A very friendly trio! They had a free-standing petrol pump which they operated by hand. If it still existed it would probably now be regarded as a museum exhibit!
On the other side of the road was a house-cum-local shop run by a Mr Scutt(?) and then by a family called Alexander.
Added by Angus Hardern (Hong Kong) on 08 February 2016
I was one of several children living at White House Farm, off Brantridge Lane, who were for a while taken to Staplefield School by Dalys' Taxis.
I remember Mrs Daly and vaguely remember another driver, presumably from what Angus has said, her father.
Added by Nigel Draper on 11 February 2016
Mrs Daly taught me, my mum and my grandma to drive. She would teach you in your own car and, when she felt confident with your driving, she would sit and crochet throughout the lesson.
Her phrase, "And go, and go, and go", sticks in my mind to this day when pulling away from junctions.
She also used to tell me to maintain an under-riding speed on the engine. I never did know what that meant, nor whether my engine speed was under-riding or over-riding!
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 12 February 2016
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