Nevill Avenue

Growing up in the late 1940s

By Helen Aldridge (nee Lewry)

Photo:202 Nevill Avenue with the church next door

202 Nevill Avenue with the church next door

Photo by Tony Mould

The house next to the church

I was born in Brighton in 1947; when I was a toddler I was in a nursery in Old Shoreham Road.  I lived with my dear parents in 16 Meadway Crescent, Hove, until I was about three years old, then we moved to 202 Nevill Avenue. Where we were the houses backed onto the allotments, up at the top next to the church. My mum used to clean the church hall. I remember being in the large hall and standing on the broom while she swept the floor.

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Going to school on Mum's bike

I went to the school in Old Shoreham Road; I can remember the day everyone sat in a line in the hall and we were given our coronation mugs. I also remember playing the Archangel Gabriel in the nativity play. Then the new school was built at the top of Hangleton, and mum used to take me; I would ride on a seat on the back of her bike. My mum and dad are both passed away now; mum for forty years next year. Dad was a Japanese prisoner of war; when he came home, they chose to adopt me, I was so lucky.

Attended Clark's College

My brother Peter was eighteen years old when I was adopted. He used to skate in Brighton when the ice rink was in West Street. He joined Tom Arnold's Ice Shows, travelled all over the world, and also played for The Brighton Tigers. My parents worked hard and chose to send me to Clark's College, first at 43 Dyke Road, then when I was old enough to 52 Dyke Road. My parent's ashes are interred in the little church where they were married, and we were baptised, at the top of St. Aubyns in Hove.

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