Our brand new prefab
I grew up in Woodingdean in the late 1940/50s. I was an only child and with my Mum and Dad, had moved from Upper Rock Gardens in Brighton to Woodingdean. We moved into a brand new prefab at the bottom of Kipling Avenue; ours was number 69. These prefabs were very well equipped, having a refrigerator, large electric cooker, hot water, back boiler, an enormous garden, and a good size corrugated Nissan hut type of shed. Unfortunately, the heating was all but useless; keeping warm in the winter was to say the least difficult.
Few buses at that time
At that time the number 2 bus only went to the Downs Hotel, as the roads around Rudyard Road and Kipling Avenue were still being made up. That meant quite a long walk, rain, snow or sun to get to school, or to catch the bus to the Race Hill to go into Brighton on the trolley bus. I remember on many occasions watching the steamrollers building the new roads Kipling Avenue and Lockwood Crescent. Next to our prefab was a cottage with a very large garden. As I recall the old cottage itself, had its entrance in The Ridgway just round the Corner.
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When we first moved there, I suppose it was about 1947/48, I went to a temporary school at Warren Farm as the new Woodingdean Primary School was still being built. When it was finished I can still remember us kids all marching along Warren Road from our old school to the brand new one. I seem to also remember it was a lovely summer’s day. Of course my memories may be affected by rose coloured spectacles.