An appeal for information on these nostalgia pages has prompted a huge response from Middy readers.
In the November 22 edition we printed a photo of South Road, Haywards Heath, in 1901. We asked if anyone knew exactly where it was taken.
The Middy was overwhelmed by the amount of letters, emails, phone calls and people coming into the office.
Many of our readers have lived in the area for a number of years and have shown a wealth of knowledge.
Most of you agreed that the photo was taken outside the entrance of The Orchards looking down towards the Sussex Road roundabout.
Many of you also said that in the distance you can see the Priory and the water tower at the Princess Royal Hospital.
The building on the left with the peaked roof is still in South Road today.
Guy Bartley sent in an up-to-date photo of the scene.
He said: “I believe the photographer back in 1901 was positioned next to the building where Harlequin and Specsavers are today. The camera position is somewhat elevated – they must have been standing on a wagon or ladder.”
Roger Holloway emailed: “In the distance of the photo the road curves to the left, as does Franklynn Road now on the far side of the roundabout.”
Mrs Z. Barraclough, cover supervisor, Geography department, Oathall Community College, said: “I can identify the gable-ended building with three decorative windows and three roof finials as the ‘Simply Interiors’ building. The Congregational Church is yet to be built on the right side of the road.”
Haywards Heath resident Patrick Burke added: “On the right you can just make out the turning into Gower Road towards the end of the road. The shop sign on the middle right of the photo says ‘South Road Coach and Wheelwright Works’ and this is where Boots is now.”
Elizabeth Griffiths said: “I moved to Haywards Heath in 1958 as a teenager and stayed for ten years.
“The furniture on the footpath on the left hand side of the picture could be on the forecourt of George Hilton’s secondhand furniture shop. I bought my piano there when I got married and they delivered it to my home in Weybridge.”
Ardingly resident Sandy Hett said in a letter: “The north side of South Road is quite recognisable – ‘Gainsborough Studios’ and that building is still to be seen today.
In the 1930s and 1940s. Austin Walters kept a photographic and gramophone record shop there.”
Peter Benner from Warninglid wrote: “You should compare the view shown with one in ‘Mid Sussex Through the Ages’ (1938) by A. H. Gregory, himself a former editor of the Mid Sussex Times, where a similar view is described as an ‘old view’ of South Road. In that view the middle one of the first block of the three houses in your view already has a forecourt and a shop blind, whilst near to the camera is a doubled-fronted shop which blind proclaims ‘George Hilton and Sons’. George Hilton and Sons furniture emporium was at 60-68 South Road, itself approximately where the entrance to The Orchards is now, presumably the chairs in your picture are part of Hilton’s stock.”
The Middy wanted to thank all of those who came in to share other memories, including John Higgins, Andrew Woolley, Jo Roche, Mrs Freeland nee Taylor, and all the other people who came in but did not leave their name.