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1998: Dead posh mews cottage

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

The mews cottage off Church Street seen right of centre and behind the 'Old School'

How about a dead posh mews cottage for £160,000?

A Grade II joiners warehouse down in a very attractive no through road in the Conservation Area of historic Cuckfield village has come on the market. Once owned by the renowned 19th Century undertakers furniture restorers Askew & Son this unusual property has been Skilfully restored as a two bedroom mews cottage with a 27x17 studio open to the roof at first floor and with superb east and west lighting.

Downstairs are two unusual double bedrooms and bathroom with original roll top bath. Outside are two secluded walled gardens. The place has been gutted and fully brought back to life by the architect owner.

Of course the principal authority on the Coffin Shop in Church Street is Gordon the gravedigger. His recollections of the antics of the undertakers is vivid and hilarious and he often recalls the times they used to have just hanging out of the Coffin Shop windows.

Just along the street is the converted coaching Inn (The Kings Head) famous for the ghost of a maid who once worked there, apparently you could sometimes smell her perfume on the staircase in The Kings Tail [Tap?] next door Gordon has a few stories to tell about that as well.

For a private viewing telephone 01444 XXXXXX.

Crawley News, 4 November 1998

This property is now incorporated into the ‘Old School’ buildings.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

Mandy Davies writes:-

Was my primary school in the 70's and early 80's

Alison Markwick writes:-

The ground floor building behind the shrubs used to be the girls' toilet block. You entered through a door from the main vestibule and there were shoe cages on the right to store your gym shoes. Further in were several rows of coat hooks and at the far end were the loos and washbasins.

Peter Gasson writes:-

The headteacher was Mr Schwarz

I got the cane for dropping a bomb of leftover sandwich on his head from our school bus in Staplefield on my way from Cuckfield Secondary school. He lived not far from me in Handcross



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