I have such happy memories of Ovingdean in the 1950’s. My grandparents lived at The Barn in Greenways, and we spent all our holidays there. We had total freedom to walk over the Downs, play in the woods making a den up in the copse at the top of the hill, or sledging down the field in winter narrowly avoiding the cows. In summer my brother and I walked the long road down to Ovingdean Gap, taking the St Dunstan’s tunnel under the main road to avoid the traffic, which at that time consisted of the occasional car.
School at Rottingdean
We would spend the day on the beach swimming off the groynes or crabbing when the tide was out. When it rained, we played in the cellars of The Barn, it is now called the Tythe Barn, and frightened each other with stories of smugglers and secret tunnels. We were lucky enough to live briefly in Ovingdean when I was 10 years old and I went to school at Rottingdean. What a wonderful school it was – I was so happy there but the memories are also sad, as our delightful teacher died suddenly of a heart attack while he was teaching us.
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Retained its charm
Every morning we were woken by the sound of the cows at Baker’s Farm going off to be milked and the mess they made along the road and the smell is so evocative of those wonderful times. My grandfather also kept chickens and in the evening we would walk across the field to call in “his girls” to tuck them safely up in the garage so the foxes didn’t get them. My son took my mother and I back to Ovingdean last year for a visit. The garden at The Barn was so changed but Ovingdean has still retained it’s charm and the views unspoilt by modern development.