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Freedom to roam

On my walk to school

I have many a fond memory of what we used to call ‘Stoneham Rec’. I attended Aldrington Church of England school from 1954 till 1961, and the ‘Rec’,’ was on my walk to and from school. I also remember the Parkie and the lovely toilets in the south west corner. Many years later I found myself running the small transport department for Hove parks and one of my drivers and the digger that he drove was responsible for demolishing them.

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Stoneham Park

Stoneham Park

Sneaking in through the railings

We, that is my school friends and myself, used to play in the ‘Rec’, even on the occasions when it was locked, as entrance could be obtained through the bent and missing railings. My cousin Mike lost two of his front teeth when one of the old wooden swings swung and caught him. Some names of friends that I remember are Terry Goddard, Billy Lofts, Mike Allen and his many sisters, Barry Thornton, to name but a few.

Stoneham Park

Stoneham Park

Freedom to roam

A friend of mine called Peter Osbourne and myself used to ride our three wheel bikes down to Tammeys Fish Bar for some chips on summer evenings in the late 1950s. At the time we were both only 8 and 9 years old, and lived in Maple Gardens north of the Old Shoreham Road; that certainly would not happen nowadays. We had great freedom to roam back in those days, down as far as Wish Park and Hove Lagoon. What about the fun that could be had playing around the old cattle arch at the top of Tamworth Road?

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  • Hi needless to say that the Stoneham Park that I knew bears no resemblance to the photos in the above article; it was mostly bare Tarmac with a row of swings a roundabout and a large plank swing there was also a witches hat along the the northern edge in front of an old green wooden shelter with a wooden bench to site on around the inside. There was also a drinking fountain. Ken Barrington.

    By Ken Barrington (24/04/2013)
  • Mouth watering memories of Tammy’s fish and chip shop after choir practice on Friday nights at Holy Trinity.

    By Steve Robinson (03/06/2013)

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