The estate 80 years on
The show house
The show house for the estate was in Vale Avenue, and there were numerous other full scale advertising schemes in Brighton, and in the newspapers. When the building was under way, a special party came from America to inspect the estate, and take back some of the ideas to incorporate in their project.
The chalk pit (now the park and children’s playground behind Mackie Avenue, was dug out to provide the hardcore for the road bases, and the company used Bedford vans to move the chalk. Mackie Avenue must have been especially challenging, as it had been marshy and sometimes difficult to walk on. This accounts for the subsequent subsidence plaguing some of the houses, and it ultimately sealed the fate of the Mackie Hall.
A happy place to live
The actual building materials were Sussex Stock brick facing, and other bricks and tiles came from Belgium. The doors and windows came from West Ham Joinery, and Cox and Barnard of Hove supplied the stained glass for doors and hall windows.A by-pass now runs at the back of Braeside Avenue, but due to the foresight of the developers, lack of a through road means we enjoy a peaceful life, with good connections to the rest of the town. Over 80 years later, the estate continues to be a happy and popular place to live.