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1930s development

These historic photographs were taken in 1930 when the development of modern Patcham was starting. This photograph shows the old barn in the valley at Ladies Mile, which became a Methodist church.

The Mackie Avenue development can be seen under construction.

The "Old Barn Area" Ladies Mile Road under construction c.1930, when development of modern Patcham was starting.
Photo sent by Martin Nimmo
Mackie Avenue under construction c.1930.
From the private collection of Martin Nimmo

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  • I love the picture of Mackie Avenue construction. I was born in 181 Mackie Ave 1944. I am the youngest of the Watson family – we all went to Patcham School. My parents talked of walking out to Mackie Avenue, before it was built, to choose a house. I was very lucky growing up there – I had a wonderful childhood.

    By Diane Candler (nee Diane Jean Watson) (18/01/2013)
  • I don’t see where I’m standing in the photo.  Is that Ladies Mile Road in the foreground, or is it Braybon Avenue and Mackie Avenue? I’m interested because I lived at 181 Mackie Avenue.

    By Ron Edmonds (29/03/2013)
  • The picture is taken from Ladies Mile Road, about where the white house is now, looking down onto Mackie Avenue.

    By john finch (22/07/2013)
  • I can date the pictures a bit more accurately than ‘c1930’. I researched the Ladies Mile Estate for part of my doctoral thesis and spent many an hour [in fact many hours!] in the Building Control Office at Hove Town Hall looking at the dates of planning permissions. The top picture of LMR appears to show no houses beyond 123 LMR other than The White House. That puts it as after 1932. My mum and dad’s bungalow would appear in 1939 in The White House garden west of the big house. The picture of Mackie Avenue below shows construction being completed at the foot of the Cinder Path ‘twitten’. That would make it about 1934 as building stopped at the hedge line that becomes Baranscraig Ave; the space between the final house in the picture and the photographer, becomes the Mackie Club. The photographer [atop the White House!] is near the hedge line which is a very old field boundary. I would guess both pictures were taken sometime in 1933-4. More details in my thesis [all 85,000 words!] a copy of which is in Patcham Library.

    By Geoffrey Mead (24/07/2013)
  • Hi Geoffrey – is there an electronic copy of your thesis available anywhere?  I’m also interested in the history of the estate – I live on Overhill Drive – and would love to see any brochures or designs (particularly internal fittings) of the houses in their original state. Thanks.

    By Simon Bennett (10/11/2014)
  • My parents bought a new house in Mayfield Crescent, Patcham around 1937. The crescent formed a link road between Wilmington Way and Braybon Avenue with a North/ South footpath (Twitten) splitting the Crescent and its neighbouring road Greenfield at the apex. My question is : Did the name Braybon stem from the Brighton builder of that name (I think T J Braybon). Am I correct in this assumption?

    By John Snelling (13/11/2020)
  • Reference to Braybon, Yes the developer was Braybon. A scot who was apparently something of a hard taskmaster!
    Had the Whitehouse in Ladies mile road as his residence. Kept a telescope in an upper room to keep an eye on his workforce. (My grandfather did some contract work for him as he was in the plumbing trade. ) This was why many streets had Scottish names. I lived in Craignair avenue for some years, but moved north in 1988. Patcham was certainly a quiet place in the 50s-60s!

    By Norman Porcher (27/04/2021)
  • The above comment on Braybon is not correct. Braybon’s were an old Brighton family.George Ferguson was the Ladies Mile developer who was from SW Scotland and by hearsay was indeed a hard taskmaster!

    By Dr Geoffrey Mead (28/04/2021)

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