Sussex Express Article - November 2010

By Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:Mount Road - 1954

Mount Road - 1954

Ken Lynch

This photograph was taken in 1954 and the lady in the picture is Betty Lynch who later became the proprieter of the Handy Stores in Lewes Road.

In the foreground is a notice advertising land for sale while a little further down the road is a Nissen Hut. This is a relic from the large number which were dotted all over The Mount in World War II and which made up the army camp. Is there anyone still resident in Newhaven today who actually lived in that particular Nissen hut I wonder, for many of them were occupied by civilians after the War.

Then further down Mount Road are the flat roofed houses which are still there today.

Looking towards the background you can see views of the snaking bends in the road to Seaford with one of the old No 12 Southdown Double Deck buses on its way to Newhaven and Brighton. And in the far distance are the fields adjacent to the Ouse Estuary, some of which in the far corner look as though they might be flooded.

If you study the photo closely you can see wires leading from the poles in Mount Road, not telephone wires, but overhead electricity supplies. Most, if not all the properties on The Mount got their electricity supplied that way in those days.

In the far distance on the right, it is just possible to make out the tall square tower which was the gasworks, and to the left of that is the cylindrical shape of what appears to be a gas holder.

This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 22/01/2011.
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Mount Pleasant1950's/60's We Hubbards lived along Beresford Road from mid 1950's to mid 1960's, the house cost £2,000 new back then! My brothers and I walked along The Drove to school and back via the Harbour, one car per household then which only dad drove. I went to Tideway school when it was first built, we were the first 5th year and took the first GCE 0 levels in 1959 as well as RSA's in '58 & '59. Some 4th/5th teachers were Mr Fabery (English), Mrs Scott (Needlework) and Miss Cavadini (Shorthand,Typewriting, PE & Games). I went to Denton Youth Club run by the Vicar who had a tennis court in his garden and to Denton Girl Guides in the Rec. hut run by Miss Russell and her Leiutenant who also lived in Beresford Road but her name escapes me! We did the annual Easter Walk to Berwick over the Downs past the Gliding Club, we crabbed off Newhaven Pier and swam at Tide Mills (walking all the way) and when the cross-channel ferry came over the horizon we had to get back up the beach 'cos of the swell. I also used to walk to Rodmell along the river to visit my grandmother but she gave me the sixpence bus fare home on the hourly 123 bus. Good times...:) This gallery was added by Brenda Hall on 07/08/2012.

By Brenda Hall
On 07/08/2012

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