The Estate foresters have lived at No.23 Upper Lodges since at least 1890, the estimated date of this photograph of Walter and Henry Sayers. On the reverse of the photo is written the following:
The left of the door is my Grandfather Walter Sayers (1837-1900) died as the result of a tree cutting accident on the old Stanmer Park School (Lower Lodges). He was the forester of the estate then.
The one on the right of the door is Henry Sayers, one of the younger sons, known as Harry (my uncle) whom I just remember.
His daughter is Olive Coleen of Toronto, Canada.
I did not know of her.
In a letter from Walter’s grandson George Sayers, written to Charlie Yeates in 1975, we learn that 15 children were born to Walter and Harriett in the front room of the cottage.
In this second version of the same photograph, on the reverse are these interesting snippets:
Walter Ozman (Osman) born 1882
Grandson of Walter Sayers, killed 1898 by tree accident.
John Skinner designed park wall
Architect Richard Wilkins (relation of Sayers) Wilkins Folly.
The Sayer family lived at Jim’s cottage 1890-1900.
‘Ted’ Wood was born in cottage next door and moved into Jim’s cottage when he married.