One mass of bluebells

Livingstone Road gardens, Hove
Photo by Dave Huggins

“Livingstone Road, where I live, was built in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Nothing special about the road, just long lines of terraced houses.

One thing I have never been able to change. Every Spring, my front garden is one mass of bluebells. These are beautiful when they bloom, but soon become a dusty mess. As a young man I tried digging them out; now I think: ‘Live with them!’. Many gardens in the area contain them. It would be wonderful to think that this dull urban area was once a bluebell wood.”

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  • It is so nice to read the memories of other people of Livingstone Road. I grew up there too. I lived at number 93 and have wonderful memories of my life there. I too remember the lollies in the jars at the shop and how long the road seemed to me – especially when I was going to school at St Andrews. Gosh it seems like a lifetime ago and I guess it is. My mum used to be a lollipop lady at the end of the road (Barbara Cousins). I also remember a big fire in a factory. I think it was at the end of the road near the butchers. Would love to hear if anyone remembers that – it was around 1969-70.

    By Chrissy Thurston (05/06/2006)
  • I can vouch for those bluebells. My dad, Dave, has gone now – but the bluebells live on! He used to dig them out furiously and send them to me in Durham. Those Livingstone Road bluebells have now colonised my smallholding in Durham!

    By Lynn Huggins - Cooper (04/02/2009)
  • My grandmother was born in 1911 at 54 Livingstone Road. Was this a mother and baby home does anyone know?, as my grandmother’s father unknown.

    By Susan DYER (17/04/2017)
  • I’m interested in the history of the Bath House (No 56-58).  Does anyone have images or in particular the stained glass window that was made depicting the Bath House?

    By Bonny Holland (18/02/2018)
  • Hi. Does anyone remember Savoy Signs? Probably number 55, with the big gates going through to a small factory out the back. I worked there in 1969, when I was 16, but cannot remember any names.

    By Ron Porter (13/04/2020)

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