Moulsecoomb Memories

A tough but happy childhood

By By Katrina O'Connor nee Bonner

 
Photo:Wild Park

Wild Park

┬ęTony Mould: all images copyrighted

Living in the 1950s

I lived in Moulsecoomb at 99 Ringmer Road in the 1950s. I went to Moulsecoomb Infants, then onto St Joseph's in Davey Drive, then Fitzherberts School in Woodingdean. We were the Bonners a family of 7:  Andre, Katrina, Carlie, Lorraine, Semone, Sonia and Marcel. That was small compared to most of the other big families.

Playing in Wild Park

I remember the Hargies, Boxalls, Buldogs, Swallows to name a few. There was always fights going on and lots hair pulling. We used to spend hours playing over the Wild Park making our own fun; those were the days. I remember going to a youth club at Moulsecoomb run by Mr Nibblets. I remember singing on stage to Needles and Pins I was very out of tune may I say. And my mum used to make and sell toffee apples from our house.

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Being a child again

I also remember the fair that used to come every year to the little green at the bottom of Moulsecoomb Way where there are now houses. Great memories of a tough and sometimes happy childhood. My Mum loved to play Bingo and used to go the Gaiety which was next door to Cox's pill factory. So glad I have found this site; it is lovely reading and remembering things like the adventure park in Moulsecoomb.  It feels like I am back there again as a child! 

This page was added on 25/11/2016.
Comments about this page

I can remember the Wild Park very well. My brother Michael, sisters Joan and Janet Upton lived at 61 Chailey Road in the 40s and 50s. I remember the build-up for D-day with all the Canadian soldiers at Stanmer and the Wild Park. We played with bows and arrows and used cardboard to slide down the hill near Woolvens the sweet shop near the railway bridge. We went to school at Moulsecoomb Infant, Junior and Senior. That was when we got back from being evacuees in Waleswood near Sheffield. Tough times but loved it.

By Barry Upton (13/12/2016)

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