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Whitehawk estate
Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove

One of six children

I was born at 16 Whitehawk Avenue in 1950. It was the semi-detached house on the corner of Findon Road, with the police box attached to the front. My father was PC 92 Bob Young; I was one of six children. I had two older sisters Carol and Patsy, and one younger. My two younger brothers and I, along with the older girls, all attended Whitehawk Infants School. I was there from 1954 until 1960 when we migrated to Australia.

Great times as children

I returned for the first time in 2005 and visited Whitehawk. I was very disappointed to find so many of the old houses vanished and even the road layout changed. I remember the great times we had as children. We loved going to Blackrock pool, Peter Pan’s playground and walking along the seafront with my grandfather. I remember the topless double decker buses on the front.

Church every Sunday

I was a cub-scout at St. Cuthman’s and attended the church in uniform every Sunday. The scout hall was directly across Whitehawk Avenue from our house.The only names I can recall are Trevor Elliott and Derek Fox. Tony Anscombe was the son of the constable that lived next door and was the same age as me. His mother was Mary and he had a younger brother. I now live in Wagga Wagga in southern NSW, and have been in the NSW Police since 1975 after spending 10 years in the RAAF.

Comments about this page

  • My Aunt and Uncle lived in 75 ( I think or 74 )Whitehawk Avenue, Percy and Lily Davis .
    Did any one know them please, they had a Daughter Jose born 1929 sadly died 1957
    Percy was a bus driver thank you.

    By Janice Gibson (07/11/2019)
  • My husband’s Grandma and granddad lived at 75 Whitehawk avenue which is where Grandma died in 1960 ( William and Margaret Stanley) David (Marshall) went to the same school as you, he was born 1951.

    By David Marshall (28/06/2020)
  • I used to live up the road from you at no.28.Played in Findon Road with Ray Elliott,Derek Fox, Lyle Knowles and his sister Veronica, Carol Hitchens, Linda Fox and Christine Leonard to name a few.Also Violet “Toots” Summerfield.

    By Terry Marchant (25/03/2021)

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