Balcombe, The Village c.1955

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Caption for Balcombe, the Village c1955: This village is noted for its beautiful woods, a railway tunnel under the Balcombe Forest and a brick viaduct over the Ouse valley. The church of St Mary was built in 1847. Balcombe House, once called Parsonage House, is a large Tudor-style house of 1856. The 13th-century White House was run by the White Friars as a hostelry for Canterbury pilgrims. A metal pot holding 12 gold and 242 silver coins was discovered in the village in 1897. In the picture are three shops, including G G Newing Stores, later C G Smith, and Balcombe Stores, the grocer. The young girl pedestrian has little traffic to fear.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Balcombe


I was evacuated to Balcombe in 1940 along with the Stanley Technical College pupils from south London. At first, 3 of us were billited at Monks, a large and beautiful home some 3 km out of the village. At that time the Johnston family owned the house. This was a fantastic experience. We were taught at the village school and the (...Read full memory)

Back in early 1977 I worked at Brantridge House, Balcombe of which I have very fond memories. Perhaps someone knows how I can make contact with either Gladys from Corwall, or her daughter, who would now (2011) be about 49. Perhaps someone knows how I can contact them or others who worked there at the time - the Spanish pair for example.

My father was born in 1927 in Maple Cottage, Balcombe. The Maple Cottage then was not the Maple Cottage now - does anybody know where it was situated in 1927? His mother was Marjorie Hunt but she did not live in Balcombe. I believe she had the baby, registered him and then moved on. Did anybody take in young women to help them with births? Any info would be very welcome.  

My mother, Beatrice Constable, was born in a little cottage in Balcombe. The happy event took place in a small asbestos bungalow with lots of hydrangeas around the front door. Her parents were Joshua and Elizabeth Constable. Nan had seven boys and seven girls. Some were stillborn and buried in the churchyard under a tree. Does anyone remember this family?

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Caption for Balcombe, the Village c1955: This village is noted for its beautiful woods, a railway tunnel under the Balcombe Forest and a brick viaduct over the Ouse valley. The church of St Mary was built in 1847. Balcombe House, once called Parsonage House, is a large Tudor-style house of 1856. The 13th-century White House was run by the White Friars as a hostelry for Canterbury pilgrims. A metal pot holding 12 gold and 242 silver coins was discovered in the village in 1897. In the picture are three shops, including G G Newing Stores, later C G Smith, and Balcombe Stores, the grocer. The young girl pedestrian has little traffic to fear.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

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