Notes and queries: general query
The following query was posted by Geoff Hart on 28/08/2001:
“I used to live at 102 Lyndhurst Rd, Hove many years ago and believe that the house was originally built for the manager of the Southern Railway Co. Below the garden was a small station called “Haltside” which is also the name of the house. Is it possible to get photos of the station from anywhere and any other information about the station or house? There was a hint of a set of steps leading down the embankment from the Holland Road bridge years ago, but they are probably overgrown now.”
Posted by Pat Benham on 28/08/2001:
“The station there used to be called Holland Road Halt. As a kid towards the end of the 1940s I used to go to the top of the steps with friends which was a good vantage point to watch the trains. The steps were entered via a gate on the south west corner of the bridge – just up the road from the Palmeira Hotel on the same side.
The station was looked after by a single railwayman in an office on the north side platform. I have a vague idea that there was a flight of steps on that side, and believe passengers on that side may have used it. Not too sure about steps from the house in Lyndhurst Road.
On old maps Holland Road Halt is called Hove Station. The present Hove station was then called Cliftonville Station. The keeper at the Halt used to get bored and sometimes invited us into the hut to share the warmth of his paraffin stove.”
Posted by Martin Snow on 29/08/2001:
“Holland Road Halt was opened with wooden platforms on 3-9-1905 and closed 7-5-1956. There are pictures in “Brighton to Worthing”, by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith, Middleton Press ISBN 090652037.
The first ‘Hove’ station was on the other side of the road bridge (the eastern side). It was opened 12-5-1840 and closed 1-3-1880. A goods/coal yard was opened on the site, which is now an industrial estate (Lyon Close?).
Today’s Hove station was opened as Cliftonville Station on 1-10-1863. It was called Cliftonville and West Brighton station until 1893, when it became Hove and West Brighton. It was called Hove Station about 1895.
Recent Railtrack maintenance work tends to obliterate lineside features, so it is unlikely there is anything left of Holland Road Halt to see, I recall looking out and thinking that there had been something there in the 60’s or 70’s. There do not appear to be any steps for no. 102 in the photos in the book.”
Posted by John Blackwell on 16/09/2001:
“The station referred to is definitely Holland Road Halt as detailed by Martin Snow. From the street directories 102 Lyndhurst Road was built C1914 and was occupied by a John James Robertson from 1914 to 1948, i.e. during the existence of the Southern Railway 1923-1948 when it was nationalised as British Railways.
Therefore this gentlemen could have been a manager/officer of SR and conjecturally retired on nationalisation. Regarding the steps, the layout has the garden well above the level of the old platform and as there was not a footbridge access would be to the Brighton direction only.”
Posted by Jan Marshall on 15-01-2003:
“The goods/coal yard remained until the late 1970s, when the present office and warehouses were built. I lived in the area during the early 70s, and my friends and I once walked down the small pathway at the back of Lyndhurst Road, accessed from Holland Road. I have a vague recollection that one of them did get through the fence there and walk down the bank a little way and seem to recall they were using steps. On the south side the arches of the bridge were filled in. These belonged to the firm Rayner Optical Company, who used to own the large building which is now flats on the west side of the road. I do believe that these arch rooms were once the station area.”
Posted by David Shelton on 09-05-2003:
“I lived in Lyndhurst Road from 1953-1969 and remember the old Holland Road Halt station. There were steps down at each side of the road bridge on the west side, leading to small platforms. The entrances to the station were bricked up in early 60s, and you could see bits of the steps for a while later.
“There was a phone box there on the south side of the bridge, and people used to park down the west side of Holland Road on that side as well. One thing I remember were the steam trains, whose sparks set the banks alight every summer, and the clank of shunting operations in the goods yard, now called Lyon Close.”