Before the flyover
My family and I lived at 65 Harmsworth Crescent but we moved to Poynings Drive in about 1967 and stayed till 1974. We went to Bullens shop and Carders where I used to work after school. Penny for a guy was always at the alley leading between Burwash Road and Harmsworth Crescent. I remember walks to the dew ponds on Devil’s Dyke via the chalk pits or over the top way, past Brighton and Hove golf course before the flyover was built.
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Youth club on Tuesdays
We had mud bomb fights and amused ourselves by dropping cap gun things from the towers in Harmsworth Crescent; what a terrible racket they made. I think it was Tuesdays we went to Hangleton Youth club, but I remember being too young to go in whilst listening outside to Maggie May. I used to enjoy the bow and arrow fights between the blocks from Harmsworth Crescent.
Playing football on the park till dark, before the toilet building was built. The new shops had not been built near the Downsman Pub and I used to walk up past there on the way home from the 17th Hove Cubs at St Helens Church. Later I remember going to 176 Squadron Air Cadets in Holmes Avenue. I remember that I heard about the mysterious tunnel at the Hangleton Manor, but we never found it. Neighbours I remember are the Claytons/Foxes/Stanmers/Elliotts/Thicks – all great people