Remembering Withdean Farmhouse
Nowadays only commemorated by the names of blocks of flats, forty years ago there were some huge Victorian and Edwardian houses along London Road, with gardens stretching back towards the railway on the west side. Some of the first to go were Leahurst (site now Leahurst Court) and Pantzer Mansions.
I particularly remember Withdean farmhouse (a comparatively small house), near the bottom of Tongdean Lane and opposite Peacock Lane. Seeing it looking forlorn in the heavy snow of January 1963, with a notice outside proclaiming the building of 48 flats on the site, I photographed it; eighteen months later I took another photo at the same place. No comparison!