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Rag and bone and roast dinners

Whitehawk estate
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Remember the rag and bone man?

My Nan lived in Whitehawk Road from the 1940s until she died in the 1950s; I used to spend a lot of time with her. I remember the ‘rag and bone man’ coming around pushing an old barrow full of junk. He used to have goldfish in plastic bags swinging from the rails on the barrow, and would exchange one for a donation of clothes or anything else he could use.  One day my lovely Nan gave him one of her dresses so that he’d give me a goldfish.

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Sundays smelled of roast dinners

There was a very nice family living next door called the Robbins; further up the road a man called Mr. Pumphrey used to grow vegetables and sell some from his shed.  Sundays always used to smell of roast dinners everywhere.  I briefly attended Whitehawk Infant School about 1955 when my mother was ill, and I remember being very shy but the children were lovely, so were the teachers; it was Christmas time and we were learning “In the Bleak Mid-winter” for the Nativity play. Nice times back then; people were different and showed each other a lot of respect and consideration.

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  • On the middle left-hand side are two sets of two houses. In the late ’60s, early ’70s I lived in the right hand house of the top two houses – number 3, Whitehawk Avenue, as it was then. Whitehawk Avenue used to go straight up from Whitehawk Road, by St David’s Hall, all the way to the flats at Albourne Close. There is only one hall in this picture, but when I was living there, there were two!

    By Tony English (08/08/2015)
  • I lived in Twineham Rd from 1976 to 1983 when I moved down the road to the new house in Piltdown Rd. Strange going to a house that was brand new. I have always enjoyed living in Whitehawk and appreciate my neighbours. If anyone has a photograph of 51 Twineham Rd I would be happy to see it, we faced a grass island and were one of a block of three.


    By Jenny Chippendale (16/04/2016)
  • Back in the day, I lived in the old Pilotdown Road.

    By Ron (28/11/2017)

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