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Roberts Stores Burgh Heath
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Roberts Stores Burgh Heath

A group of (mostly) children at Burgh Heath – with Roberts Stores, which housed the Post Office, in the background.

The photograph shows the front of the store however the children are not standing in the middle of the A217/Brighton road as we know it today. In the photo, the road or single Lane track as it was in those days, would have been behind them and can just be seen behind the little boy on the left hand side of the picture. The building to the right of the stores, is where the Heathside Hotel/Premier Inn stands today.

Gilbert Peterson Roberts who in the 1911 census is recorded as living at the Post Office Burgh Heath,died on the 2nd October 1955 in Shoreham By Sea and then on the 5th October was buried in St Andrews church Kingswood.
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I think that Robert's Stores is the same building presently occupied by Travis Perkins, next to the Heathside Hotel on the A217. I used to live in Oatland's Rd which was built around 1899 and dosesn't feature in this photograph.
Added by Stuart Barber on 13 January 2013
There was also a Robert's Stores at Drift Bridge in the 1940s, same family I presume.
Added by Derek hoskin on 24 May 2013
Yes ...I remember now Stuart .. I was getting confused with the Corn Stores..The Sugar Bowl (Il Pirata Pickard Hotel ) and now the Heathside stood next door !
Added by Chris Barella on 13 July 2013
I remember The Corn Stores from the 1940s when I lived in The Surrey Yeoman opposite. I think the Stores were then owned or run by a family named Wheeler.
They had a son Allen who was my first boy friend at the grand age or 4 years. The Canadian soldiers use to come into the pub and bring treats. I remember them bringing in the first bananas I had ever seen; Allen and I hid behind the sofa and wolfed the lot.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 12 January 2014
Hazel, this is truly amazing! The Wheeler family you referred to are my family. In fact, my Mother was born there in 1930. My Grandparents lived there until the start of the war with their family until they were evacuated at the start of the war. Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Allen, I know he is now living in Hampshire. He is my Mum's cousin. I was wondering if maybe yourself or anyone else has any photographs of the corn stores (I think it may also have been known as Baker's Cottage. I used to live in Tattenham Way and as a child we used to go the pond and also walk past the cottages and peer in the windows. I have been researching my Wheeler family for sometime now, but have always wished that I had a photograph of the cottages. I do have one photo of my Mum and siblings sitting on the grassy verge (I think it is in front of the corn store cottage). So glad I found this site, so much interesting information. Thank you.
Added by Chris Henderson on 07 June 2014
The old stores, pictured above, was sadly demolished within the last couple of months. Travis Perkins held the lease on it and the building would have cost Travis Perkins a lot of money to refurbish. The owners apparently gave Travis Perkins permission to pull the building down and erect something more suitable for Travis Perkins.
Added by Stuart Barber on 07 June 2014
Hazel, the Alan you speak about is my older brother. He remembers you as well and is going to respond separately. I was only about 3 years old when we left Burgh Heath to move to Tattenham Corner so do not recall many names but remember the two pools as we used to be taken there from our school in Shawley Way.
Added by Patricia Zorpa on 15 March 2018
Hi Patricia, I am very happy to receive your message and look forward to hearing from Alan. I believe he must be my oldest friend (not in age) and I haven't seen him for over 70 years.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 16 March 2018
Chris Henderson, I was only notified today about your message from 7th June 2014, so please forgive delay in replying. I am sorry to tell you that I don't have any photos of The Corn Stores. I was delighted to hear from Alan's sister today who tells me that he is going to get in touch with me.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 16 March 2018
Hi Hazel, I did reply to you but did not hear any thing back. Hope to hear from you soon. Alan Wheeler
Anonymous comment added on 13 February 2019
Hi Alan, nice to hear from you. I thought I sent you an email last year. If you would like to get in touch again please send an email
via the link below.
Added by Hazel Tingley on 14 February 2019
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