Very cold houses
My family and I lived at 12 Nuthurst Road before moving to 22 Twineham Road. My father was the group scout leader in Whitehawk for many years. I can remember how cold the brick built houses with the metal window frames were in the winter time. You had just the one open coal fire in the living room to heat the whole house. My brother and I were lucky as we slept in the bedroom above the living room so at least in the winter the room was warm in the evening at bed time. But in the morning in the winter you had ice inside of the window.
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Why did they demolish it
I, like my brothers, went to all three of the Whitehawk schools, Mr Bert Whistle being my last teacher in 1963 before I joined the army. I cannot remember there being any trouble in Whitehawk other than the normal day to day events – ie someone breaking into someone else’s home. Not that any of us had anything to steal. I can still remember my first girlfriends from Whitehawk: Wendy Wilson, Shirley Crookshanks, Mary Mcdonald, Emily Smith. I cannot understand why they had to take the estate down the way they did. The gardens and green areas were that big they could have built the four hundred new homes on them with no problems.