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Historic Nutbourne Houses: The Old Store House

1841 Appears on the Tithe Map as number 1669. Edward Loxley was the shopkeeper, who had a daughter, Sarah. The store was owned by Henry Comper.
1890-1950 Harry Gocher and family ran the shop. His descendant, Tony Gocher, still lives in the hamlet.
The Store at Nutbourne, pictured in 1910.  Many of the pictures featured on the website, including this one, were commissioned for a series of postcards sold in the shop from 1910.

The Store at Nutbourne, pictured in around 1910

The Store at Nutbourne, now grandly named 'Gocher's Garage', pictured in about 1950

The popularity of the motor car meant that by 1950, the store, now operated by Harry Gocher and family,
included fuel pumps and was grandly named 'Gocher's Garage'.

The Old Store at Nutbourne, pictured in 2004.  The hotch-potch architecture of the sprawling shop building was enhanced and patched using local ironstone by the present owner to make an elegant private dwelling house.

By the census of 1841 the long-established Store at Nutbourne, West Sussex had become one of the principal houses in the hamlet.
It remained a focal point throughout the first half of the twentieth century, operated by the Gocher Family. A stone building,
it was regularly adapted to suit changing tastes, including the addition of outbuildings and petrol pumps by 1950 as 'Gocher's Garage'.
The extension was faced with hanging, interlocking tiles to give the impression of brick, but was rather haphazard, creating a
hopscotch effect. After the store closed, forced out of business by the popularity of supermarkets and chain stores,
it was converted to a private dwelling house by the present owner, who painstakingly brought the building together,
patching the stonework with local ironstone to create an elegant and striking home.


Shortcut links to the web pages for other historic houses in the Nutbourne area

Atmyres Farm   Bramfold   The Camber   Darkdean   Drovers   Ebbsworth   Hobbs   Holly Tree Cottage   Lyons Cottage Farm

The Manor   Mill Farm   Mill House   Nutbourne Place   The Old Manor   The Old School   The Old Store   The Rising Sun

Cottage by Mill Pond   Shepherd's Thatch   Shorts Farm   Stream Farm   Timber Cottage   Wheel House

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