Correction re: photograph caption
It has been brought to my attention, thanks to Peter Groves, that the image here was incorrectly captioned. This is probably a result of a mistake made by museum staff when processing photographs in The Brighton Herald collection. You can see Peter’s article here, for which I am very grateful.
Accommodation for naval personnel
During the Second World War those flats which were unoccupied, were used as accommodation for naval personnel who could not be housed in Roedean School, which at that time was temporarily known as HMS Vernon. The adjacent gasworks at Black Rock was a prime a German target, and Marine Gate was bombed several occasions during WWII.
Repaired and reoccupied
As a result of the bombing it was damaged to such an extent that it was unsafe, and so was left empty for the remainder of the war. After the war, Marine Gate was repaired and reoccupied.The restaurant and the bar and their related facilities which previously serviced the tenants were converted into the additional flats that exist today. The shops on the ground floor became garages to be held on separate leases.