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Caption for Crawley Down, The Village C1950: This is a small village beside an old Roman route through the Worth Forest. The Church of All Saints was built in 1843. In our photograph, the village stores and post office were sheltered from the roadway behind trimmed hedges. The old Post Office is now a house and the front gardens have been lost owing to the widening of the very busy road.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Crawley Down

I went to this school, which was operated from a substantial detached house on a large site at the junction of Sandy Lane and Hophurst Lane, for one year from September 1961 to July 1962. It was a 'crammer' school of about 40 students only, designed to help pupils through the (...Read full memory)

The shop on the corner as pictured was called Rapley's Corner Shop owned by Mrs Rapley in the 1950's, and as a child I used to help Mrs Rapley serving and re-stacking shelves with stock after school and on Saturdays. I loved doing it and spending time talking to people as they came in for their groceries. In (...Read full memory)

I moved to Crawley Down in 1959 and for four years I lived in the police house in Hophurst Road with my Mum, Dad and sister Denise, Dad being the village policeman. For two years I attended the village school and remember Mrs Fry as my dinner lady and Miss Drew as head teacher. They were happy carefree days. We played (...Read full memory)

I was at the village school from June '54 when we moved to a new house in Grange Road, until '59 when I and 3 others went to the Grammar school in EG.  I remember Mrs Fry the school cook, (mentioned in another memory) from when I was a dinner monitor.  There were only 4 classrooms.  Miss Drew was the head and the next class (...Read full memory)

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