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Hoadley's Stores, Handcross
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Hoadley's Stores, Handcross

The proprietor of Hoadley’s stores stands proudly outside his shop which seems to sell almost everything including prams, dresses, hats, beds, and life assurance.
Picture added on 30 January 2012 at 14:31
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Roads - Handcross - High Street (South)
Ron Elliot worked in the right hand side, when it was turned over to televisions, and Dave Turner worked in the left hand side on groceries. Both before they started their own businesses.
Added by Tom Chamberlain on 11 July 2012
My father, Frank Hoadley, was the elder brother of Wilfred Hoadley who ran the grocery store and Austin Hoadley who ran the radio and television shop. In fact, as a four-year old I saw my first television film, a cowboy, in the shop!
Austin went off to the war so only the grocery part was operating. At that time there were two shops with a wall between them, but joined at the front with the usual payment office which, I think, serviced both shops. Although I don’t remember anyone ever being in it!
There was a passage from the grocery department which led to the storerooms and through the boot room which had the window you can see in the photograph and into the house.
Austin and Kate lived there with their sons, Bryan and Tony. We often went to stay with them.
There was a factory in the grounds that made suitcases, which were probably made rather cheaply as there was always a strong smell of glue.
The rooms above the shops were also used as storerooms and had lots of things left over from earlier days. Oh, and there was a very big model train to play with.
The family attended the Zoar Baptist Church just across the road; a number of the family are buried there.
There were a number of outbuildings and a lot of garden, which, I gather, now has houses built on them.

Added by Mary Southerton (née Hoadley) on 05 February 2014
Stanley Herbert Peskett and Daisy Florence Waltena Peskett moved to Handcross to run a grocer shop next to a radio/TV shop, and lived in the cottage now known as Hillbury Cottage from 1944/45 to 1949.
Stanley was a driver for the Milk Marketing Board, then somehow worked for Hoadley's shop ........
Added by Andrew on 14 August 2016
The reason Stanley Peskett moved to run the shop was that it was bought by the Simms family of Haywards Heath who at that time had a big milk collecting firm.
They sold this to what is now the Milk Marketing Board. Mr Simms, who Mr Peskett had worked for from the start of his milk firm, asked him to go and manage Hoadley's store but did not tell him that he had also told Mr Hoadley that he could stay as long as he wanted to carry on working!
This made things very complicated as my Dad had left our other house and we had moved into the attached house in Horsham Road.
Added by Brian Peskett on 15 August 2016
After studying my Grandad's driving licence, it seems that the family lived at Hillbury Cottage and Stanley Peskett managed Hoadley's from 1947 to 1949.
That fits in with pictures of Brian, Janet and Brenda appearing in children's plays in during those two years.
Added by Andrew on 22 August 2016
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