Remembering the lamplighters
We were the Brown family and we lived at no. 66 Ingram Crescent. There were six children and two adults in a three bedroom house. I often wonder where did we all fit in, but it did not seem small at the time. Our family were there from about 1952 until the houses were demolished. Our neighbours were Mr. Mills one side and Mr. Horne the other. They used to go out early morning on their bikes with a long pole to turn the lamps off and then in the evening to put them on again. Does anyone remember them?
Why old people flats?
We lived behind Ingram House where all the old people lived. We must have driven them insane skating round on our roller skates all day, and playing ball up against their walls. I never could understand why they built old peoples flats in the middle of an estate with so many children.
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Toffee apples from the back door
In the summer whole groups of children used to get together and take a picnic to the copse which was near Hove Park or go to Mile Oak. We would take our containers and come home loaded with blackberries, and covered in scratches. Other times we would all go to the beach. Mrs Godlewski who lived near the east banjo made toffee apples and sold them from her back door. I have very fond memories of Ingram Crescent and remember most of the families who lived there.