Played up ‘Shady Lane’
I lived at 66 Hornby Road from 1950 and was 4 years old when our family moved there whilst the estate was being developed. We used to play up ‘Shady Lane’ which was a track running up to Bevendean Hospital from Plymouth Avenue. It was an area of scrubland, and grasses with allotments accessed from the ‘second lot of shops’, up from the Avenue. When the hawthorns blossomed in Maytime the air was heavy with scent, a delight.
How many steps?
Apples and blackberry brambles contributed towards many a pudding and grasses stretched towards the top of Jacob’s Ladder which was climbed from further down the Avenue. I wish I could remember how many steps there were in those days. There are certainly a lot more today, and ‘Shady Lane’ no longer exists having been turned into, possibly, the most hideous of housing of developments in Brighton.
An outstanding area
It was, in my childhood, an outstanding unspoilt area for wildlife, adventure, and play, and perhaps a little bit of childlike wickedness too. With apologies to those whose allotments we scrumped. Did you play here? Please share your memories by posting a comment below.