Catherine wanted originally to be a nurse, however after completing her o’levels in 1957 at the age of 16 she went to work in a Research laboratory linked to a fruit farm where her father worked as foreman. The Laboratory researched insecticides, fungicides etc..and was a subsidiary of ICI. It was located in Fernhurst, south of Hazelmere in Sussex. They lived in a tied house on the Verdley estate, The estate was divided into a fruit farm, dairy farm and market garden. The Main House was used for offices.
Her working week was from Monday to Friday and she paid £4 per week.
She thinks that these days the market garden is gone and the house is privately owned. There are remnants of the old garden, shrubbery and rhododendrons. (Catherine has generously supplied a recent photograph of the house).
Memory contributed by Catherine Green, Elgin
Fernhurst Society– Oral History Project
Fernhurst Society– written and oral records many of which refer to the ICI Plant division in the village– written and oral records many of which refer to the ICI Plant division in the village.
Fernhurst Society Manuscript Record -There is a transcription of a 78-page manuscript “FERNHURST IN LIVING MEMORY”, produced in 1958 by the Women’s Instititute (WI). Just the time that Catherine was working at Verdley for ICI
Fernhurst photographs–photographs of the village
Verdely estate information
Sussex Study–Sussex Rural Past – Young people exploring the heritage of rural areas