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Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories

Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories

The photo 'Willingdon, the Post Office c1955' appears in this book

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Caption for Willingdon, The Post Office C1950: We are on the slope of the Downs between Eastbourne and Polegate. A nearby vantage point at Combe hill is 638 feet high. The village church of St Mary's is an Early English building with an ancient chest and coffin. Opposite the church is the Hoo, a large rambling house built in 1902. The Post Office proprietor was R F Brierley; alongside is the entrance to the builders' and decorators' yard, F J French & Sons.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Willingdon

I had a wonderful childhood in Lower Willingdon - we lived, my brother and I, in a bungalow in St Annes Road and went to the village school in Upper Willingdon where Mr Morrell was the headmaster. I remember in the playground was a stone shelter left over from the war where we used to play sometimes. I remember one of (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

Also my Uncle Ken was born there too. My grandfather lived there and worked at Ratton Manor. As I am researching the family history, does anyone have any information on the Manor, which was owned by Lord and Lady Willingdon? If so, email me please with any info at: daveparris977@btinternet.com

My granny and grandad ran the Post Office in Lower Willingdon from about 1948 - 1958. They were called Ernest and Ethel Brierley. Does anyone out there remember them? Thanks Angela Jennings

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