I also meant to add that the 'Whitgates' I knew was a riding establishment on the road to East Grinstead just past the 'Hedgehog'. Run by a Mrs Welbourne for years but she did not own the property - a very elderly lady who lived in the house did - could she have been the recipient I wonder?
I remember Hewitts well as a child but that would be about 1973. The first shop on the other side was a hairdressers that I remember as 'Sandra's.'
My wife has a poetry book. Inside was found a love letter dated New Years Day 1943. It was addressed to a person at 'White Gates', Copthorne Bank, Sussex. It is a wonderful message from a gentleman to a lady. To hold a letter, written in the cold and darkest of days of the 1940s, when the future was unsure, and people ...Read full memory
In the picture of the four shops at Copthorne bank the last on the left was, until recently a Branck of Lloyds Bank. But during the long sweaty summer of 1959 it was a grocer's shop. The shop next door was a newsagents shop (owned for a long time by a chap named Hewitt). Last time I stayed above the last ...Read full memory
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