Picture Postcard Parade: Ockley Manor, Keymer, Sussex

9 Oct

Hidden underneath all the ivy (or whatever it is climbing up the walls) is the house where my grandmother Dorothy Annie TROWER lived and worked before her marriage to my grandfather in December 1936 at Keymer parish church.

Ockley Manor, Keymer, Sussex

Ockley Manor, Keymer, Sussex

I know nothing about this place other than what is recorded on the marriage register entry, and in the newspaper report of the marriage (which I wrote about here).

The newspaper cutting records that she was employed by Mr Randall G. Davidson of Ockley Manor, Hassocks. On the marriage register her occupation is recorded as a domestic and her address as Ockley Manor, Keymer.

I don’t know whether my grandmother continued working at Ockley Manor after her marriage, I doubt it very much because she would very soon be raising a family and the newspaper cutting records that my grandparents were going to live at Rose Cottage, Ruckford Farm, Hurst[pierpoint] after their marriage.

The postcard itself was published by A.H. Homewood, a prolific postcard publisher from nearby Burgess Hill. This particular card was sent from Brighton to an address in Lewes on the 18th August 1904.

I first saw this card a few months ago on eBay, but I missed out then, I left it to the last minute to bid and then forgot. Since then I have not seen a copy until last Saturday at Haywards Heath, when I actually found three copies of this card.

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