A retrospective walk down Mile Oak Road
If we were to walk down Mile Oak Road, say 100 years ago, from the top of Portslade High Street to Mile Oak farm, this is what you would have seen.
A dirt track
On the corner of the High Street stands a large building which was built around 1906, it is now the Portslade Community College Sixth Form Centre. You begin your walk from here, north along the Mile Oak Road which is literally a dirt track, a little narrower than what it is today.
There are mainly trees align each side of the road, especially the west side, and there are very few properties in this part of the road. The oldest properties are around where Brasslands Drive is now, most of them being built between the years 1910-1925.
Little in the way of urban development
You would hardly encounter any buildings on the east side of the road. In fact you would see very little until you would reach the area opposite to what is now the entrance of Chalky Road, where the Alms Cottages are, these date from between 1895-1900.
War Time Demolition
Keep walking north and you will find an old house (this was knocked down in the mid 1940s), which was connected to Portslade Paddocks. This house replaced with the petrol station that was built or opened in 1948. The petrol station later became the Mile Oak Garage, and has now been built over with residential housing in the last 10 years.
Opposite this old house you have Portslade Paddocks (dating back at least to the 1880’s), which covered a vast area, this land was sold around 1935-36, and was later turned into housing, becoming Sefton Road, Beechers Road, Stanley Avenue, and Chrisdory Road
The White House
On the same side as the old house (west side), you come to the second oldest house along Mile Oak Road. This is the big white house between Sefton Road and Chrisdory Road road which was built 1903/04 and still stands. There are no other houses in that area at that time.
Mile Oak Farm
Carry on going north, there is now very little to see apart from open down land and farm land, until you reach ‘The Elms’ a house built in 1900. Past The Elms you see Mile Oak Waterworks, and then Mile Oak Farm in its relatively early days.