"Philippi’s Crawley (from C M Printing Services, 20a Jewry Street, Winchester, £1) by I T Henderson is a history of that village – four and a half miles from Winchester – largely in relation to Otto Ernst Philippi, the man who, by 1900, had built the Glasgow firm of J & P Coats (now Coats Patons) into Britain’s largest industrial concern. In that year he announced his retirement, bought Crawley Court, a Victorian building which, like the rest of the village, had become almost derelict, and announced his intention to settle there. His fellow directors held his business ability in such respect that they persuaded him to continue to control the company – even from Crawley. He consented to do so: but would go to Glasgow only for the monthly board meetings; and, since he would not have a telephone in the house, he managed the firm by letter and telegram. Indeed, his directions were so constant that one boy had to be employed full time at the village Post Office to maintain the two-way flow. He also found time to reshape Crawley. Born in Prussia, he was a stern, if basically benevolent, despot. He set out to buy most of the houses and cottages in the village, hoping, and often stipulating, that the occupiers who sold to him would continue to live in them for the rest of their lives. So he succeeded in turning the formerly dilapidated into a ‘model village’ – though one which was described as ‘the appearance of a model village almost devoid of a single striking corner or nook, which is neat and seems clean, but none of it is the object of an artist’s pilgrimage.’ After his death in 1917 his son vested a restricted covenant in the estate s that subsequent residents in the village were able to resist commercial ‘development’ until, in 1970, the Independent Broadcasting Authority bought the manor, demolished it, built a modern office block on the site and moved into what they described as ‘the Queen of Hampshire Villages’. John Arlott, writer, broadcaster and voice of English cricket, writing in Hampshire, The County Magazine, September 1977, Vol.17, No. 11
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About the Author
Sedley was born in Poole, Dorset and grew up in West London where visits to the local library instilled in him a life-long love of books. Sedley always loved writing and English. In fact, when he was eleven, he began a historical novel, now lost to posterity, but, if memory serves, in the style of Henry Treece and Ronald Welch. At school in Winchester he started to dream about a writing career, and was even lucky enough to win a prize for a short story, the title of which he has now forgotten. For some reason, however, the final line sticks in his mind. "Was it a living or waking dream? - No, she must be dead." After a brief flirtation with archaeology, he studied English at Nottingham University where he was tutored, for a term, by the Northern Irish poet, Tom Paulin. In the 1990s, he worked in fringe theatre and was involved in productions of Macbeth and Bertolt Brecht's In the Jungle of Cities. His own play, Salt Lake Psycho about the notorious murderer, Gary Gilmore was put on at the now defunct Man in the Moon theatre in Chelsea. Salt Lake Psycho was directed by Sean Holmes, current associate artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe. For the best part of two decades, Sedley lived and worked as a teacher and translator in Southern Italy. Here he collaborated with French writer, Claude Albanese on the screenplay of Dirty Waters. Dirty Waters, which is a political thriller, written with Italian blood, English sweat and French tears, received a commendation at the 2003 Montpellier Festival. In Italy Sedley continued to experiment with his writing, devising an invented dialect for a novel about a young female brigand of the Risorgimento. He also experimented with performance poetry, accompanying local blues band, Big Daddy Lawman on their tours of Apulian taverns, churches and bars. Returning to Britain in 2013, Sedley wrote The Half Days (2015), an ex-pat adventure set in Southern Italy. He struck up a writing partnership with Tony Henderson. Together they quickly published two books: Over & Under i (2015) and Over & Under ii (2016), a series of naughty tales, inspired by the tales of the Arabian Nights. The Over & Under Series has subsequently morphed into the Naughty Stories Series. The first in this series, Ten Naughty Stories was published in 2019 under the pen name, M. T. Sands. Sedley has also published the sequel to The Half Days under the title, Accidental Death of a Terrorist. Accidental Death of a Terrorist (2019) is the second part of the Mezzogiorno Trilogy. Sedley and Tony have written a children's book, The Wolf Garden, under the alias F. M. Frites: A Totally, Completely, and Utterly Bodacious Adventure with Unicorns and Gnomes.
Tony was born in Winchester, Hampshire. His father was a businessman, author and publisher of books, and his mother a theatrical actress, giving him a life-long love of books, theatre and story-telling. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Tony has trodden the line between liberal arts and technology through spells in the music industry, television and digital innovation. Tony also runs a thought leadership network in Oxford. He has written a book about business and technology, The Leopard in the Pinstripe Suit (2013) and a book of comic poems, Flat Squirrel (2015).
Table of Contents
The Village of Crawley. 3
The Story of Ernest Philippi and J & P Coats. 8
The Reconstruction of Crawley. 16
The Changing Face of Crawley. 32
Ernst Philippi: An Immigrant’s Story. 37
Review By John Arlott. 41