Sussex Day 2009: Part 7 – Hurstpierpoint Church to Hazeldene Terrace

23 Jun

Hazeldene Terrace is another address in Hurstpierpoint which doesn’t seem to appear in any modern sources, but fortunately I knew where it was. Hazeldene Terrace is now part of Western Road, a short walk west and north of the church, in an area known as West Town.

I had been there many times as a child, to visit my great grandfather’s second wife who lived there, but something wasn’t quite right here…

The house I remember visiting was 102 Western Road, although the front had changed I was sure it was the right house, but that would have been No. 4 Hazeldene Terrace. The address I had for my great grandfather (Henry John TROWER) was No. 5 Hazeldene Terrace, was my memory playing tricks on me?

There was only one way to find out, I took out my mobile phone and called my parents. My father answered, he was a little surprised to hear I was in Hurstpierpoint and even more surprised that I had walked here. I asked him if he remembered what number house in Western Road that his grandfather had lived in. He wasn’t sure, but it was next door to No. 102, which his wife had moved into when she remarried!

So I wasn’t going mad (not just yet anyway), both No.4 and No. 5 Hazeldene Terrace had family connections. In all my years researching my family history my father hadn’t mentioned it to me, and I hadn’t thought to ask the question, until now!

No. 5 Hazeldene Terrace (100 Western Road) was the most interesting to me because the address keeps cropping up in records and not just those relating to my great grandfather. I seems that whenever a member of the TROWER (and later STANDING) family needed a place to stay (such as before they got married) they turned up at this house.

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