Fred Hackney 2
My name is Graham Hackney. We moved from Wimbledon to Crawley in 1958 (I was a baby) when we opened a new branch of the family business which was Tooting Tyre Service at 7 Horsham Road, West Green. We lived above the depot. My Uncle, George Mullen (Mum’s Brother) owned…
Ifield Parade
By Sandra Lowton Our familyOur parents were George (1913-1994) and Beatrice (1918-2008) Layzell, originally from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe respectively. They married during the war in 1941 at St James, Hatcham, and lived with his parents in New Cross, London. It was there that Brenda was born in 1942 and George…
C2X Class 32532 at Three Bridges Depot in 1948.
By David Stoker At first sight, Crawley was not a particularly good place to be a train spotter in 1960. The nationalised British Railways (BR) had been in existence since 1948 and five years previously they had published a modernisation plan phasing out steam power in favour of diesel and electric…
CSCMS WG120 West Green Primary school with children gardening, c1953
There has been a primary school in West Green since 1824. When the New Town was built, so was a new primary school. A temporary building was built in 1950, and the permanent buildings followed soon after. Here are some photographs from our archives of the New Town school. For…
By David Stoker My family and I arrived in Crawley when I was three and a half years old. Our previous home had been a cramped second floor garret at 208 East Lane, Walworth, just off the Old Kent Road. It was the period leading up to the great London…
St Johns photo
(By Graham Crozier) Photograph of St John’s Church from Crawley Museum’s collection. John Barrett-Lennard served as Rector of St. John the Baptist, Crawley, for twenty-two years in the late Victorian period. Born in 1839, he was the fifth and youngest son of Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard and Mary Shedden, his father…
Jon G - Northgate Clinic
As May 1st is International Workers Day, here are some old photographs of people working in Crawley from our collection. Richard Cook & Workers Hollingdales Shoe Shop Steeles Forge, Balcombe Road Northgate Housing under construction – April 1951 Model of West Green, February 1949 Northgate Clinic Strain Gauge measurement apparatus…
The night my father met John Haigh, the acid bath murderer. Broadfield House is a Georgian mansion built in the early 1800s. It is situated on what was once the main London to Brighton Road (A23) just south of Crawley.  A long drive leads up to the house, crossing Broadfield…
CSCMS LG12 County Primary School, Martyrs Avenue, March 1958
“I do not like thee, Doctor Fell , The reason why – I cannot tell ; But this I know , and know full well, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell”. Sometimes members of a family meet and the talk turns to their memories. On one such occasion I…
2019.4880.173
Portrait of Kenneth Mitchell, year unknown. CWSCM:2019/4880.157.13 Charles Kenneth Mitchell was born 1st October 1889 to parents Charles James and Sarah Blanch Mitchell. He had one sister; Blanche Mary who was 4 years older. Charles senior worked as the Postmaster for Crawley while the family lived in locally at 24…

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