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Alice Scott

Tea Gardens c1950, Wannock
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My grandmother was the cook at the Tea Gardens during the 50's - we used to love going there to see the 'Water Otter' of course it wasn't an Otter at all, it was a kettle but it was all part of the fun. The Miniature Village and the orchard where we would scrump an apple and hope we didn't get caught. Then end up with a delightful strawberry tea...

Wannock Gardens Tea Rooms

Tea Gardens c1950, Wannock
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I have very fond memories of the Wannock Gardens Tea Rooms in the 1950s (and maybe into the 1960s). My dad was a Brighton coach driver who took trips of old ladies out for afternoon excursions and tea there. My sister and myself often accompanied them. We were made a big fuss of, and my dad brought out soft drinks and cakes. There was always a lovely happy atmosphere. Being a regular, my dad was also made a fuss of, as the coach drivers brought the trade with them! The old ladies made a fuss of us children. The staff were friendly and knew us as Jim's children and recognised us when we came with him. I can remember once, the river overflowed and came right up into the tea gardens in the summer. My sister and I thought this was great! We laid down and drank from the river, only to had dad rushing out quickly to tell us how dangerous it was!... Read more

The Little Model Village

Tea Gardens, The Wishing Well c1955, Wannock
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I remember the gardens well and the little village. Was this the village which was known as "A village in a village" or was that another one in Sussex? As I said previously, my dad was a coachdriver and we often visited the model village and the tea rooms as children, when dad brought an afternoon excursion for tea. If I recall rightly, going back to the 1950s, just beyond the wishing well to the right was a series of wooden and glass cabinets, and one had Winston Churchill's signature in and a letter, and lots of odds and ends of interest. They used to fade in the sunlight, being outdoors. The flagstones were a bit ricketty and we loved skipping down the path and going all the way around as the path turned back in a loop. There were little places where you could cross to look at clusters of houses - mini paths circling around in between the main one. My sister asked me recently, if I... Read more

Wannock Model Village 1963

Gardens, The Model Village c1960, Wannock
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I have just found some lovely photos of this place; fortunately my late Dad labelled them otherwise I would have no idea where they were taken.

Strawberries And Cream

I forgot to say how brilliant the cream teas were, and especially the strawberries and cream and ice cream at Wannock Gardens, and the ladies really enjoyed their cakes and lovely tea! I still dream of it! The only tea room which could top the strawberries and cream at Wannock, was the Pevensey Castle tearooms, whose strawberries and cream were out of this world, and I have never experienced anything like that taste again! A sort of mixture of cream, merangue and ice cream! The very friendly staff made the visits so happy and we really relaxed and enjoyed the trips and looked forward to the next ones! A bygone age! Tea rooms in the countryside need revising - great stress relief and old fashioned fun! A much slower pace of life, but we were happier and healthier in those days, I think!

Willingdon Childhood

Church Hall c1955, Willingdon
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I was born and raised in Willingdon and lived two doors away from the previous correspondent Ian Friend. I also attended the school referred to as Willingdon Church Hall before a new school was built in Rapsons(?) Road, Lower Willingdon. I have very fond memories of my childhood days there and spent many hours playing and exploring the Downs nearby. The Chalk Pit above Willingdon was a favourite area where I explored for fossils and iron pyrites. One of the unique features of the Downs (I think) was the dew ponds. These were round concave excavations created at appropriate positions at or near the bottom of long slopes. These ponds were created for sheep to drink and accumulated water from dew that condensed when cold air moved down the slopes at night and formed droplets when it drifted over these ponding areas which had retained warmth from the daytime sun. These seemed a very effective idea with no running costs and I used to catch newts and tadpoles in these... Read more

Wannock Avenue

The Village c1955, Willingdon
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My grandad, Joseph Woodgate, was the builder that built a lot of early Wannock Avenue's houses and bungalows. He built Wee Cott - one the first houses to be built which had a very large monkey puzzle tree in the garden, until the hurricane of 1986 and my dad was born there. I have pictures of Hazel Grove under construction and my dad, Ernest Hazel, was named after it. I also have pictures of semi detached houses in Wannock Avenue being built. I spent my summer holdays in Wee Cott with my nan, Freda Lavender, and remember every day going 'down the bottom' to get our dinner and to go to Holters, the sweet shop and also the bakers (which is now a take-away) to get a jam donut. I still live in Wannock Avenue and have lived in the area since 1981. I have recently bought a lovely postcard of the parade of shops with Phelps the drapers, Holters the sweet shop and Flowers's shop on the corner, but... Read more

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