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This photograph is very unusual in that it shows Ovingdean village pond from a strange angle. I lived in Ovingdean for twenty years, I left in 1997, and this is not a view I have seen before. It shows what the locals called ‘Hollands’s Corner’; this referred to the family who lived in the end house in the row of small houses named Peartree Cottages. Their front door can be seen on the far right of the shot. Greenways runs on the right of the photograph, and Ovingdean Road shows straight through the shot.
The Village Hall
I do not have a definite date for it, but it must be post-1932 as the long building in the background is the village hall, which was built in 1932. Further up Ovingdean Road you can see what was known as ‘the church rooms’. This very small building was a general meeting place for the village.
£300 loan from the corporation
Conscious that the church rooms was much too small for the growing population of Ovingdean, it was decided that a new village hall should be built. A number of residents formed a trustee group and the building was financed with a £300 loan and local fundraising. In 1932, on land leased from Brighton Corporation the predecessor to the present village hall, was built by a local man, Bill Davis.