Rottingdean reminiscences

Seafront looking west, early 1970

By Sam Flowers

I would like to share a favourite view of Rottingdean Gap and Undercliff (looking West), taken before the major changes of the 1990s.  

There were many secluded beaches.  At high tide the sea reached further ahead than today, producing when rough, impressive plumes of spray over the promenade.

I am sure this photo brings back fond memories to many others. Please share your memories by posting a comment below.

Photo:Rottingdean seafront c1970s

Rottingdean seafront c1970s

From the private collection of Sam Flowers

This page was added on 22/02/2017.
Comments about this page

My family holds fond memories of the open-air swimming pool to the east.

By Geoff Stoner (24/02/2017)

When we were children we used to do a round trip one way or another. Walk along the undercliff from Black Rock to Rottingdean, have an ice cream at the shop there, then catch the open top bus back along the front. Or do the same in the opposite direction. Never got to use the pool there though. Only went to Black Rock swimming pool or King Alfred.

By Tim Sargeant (25/02/2017)

I used to jump off the railings into the sea (we used to call it bombing off). During the winter there was nothing quite like the waves thumping against the sea wall and sending spray and pebbles all the way up to the road. Lots of wonderful memories growing up in Rottingdean.
I moved away from Rottingdean in the early 80s and would love to know what happened along the front. It had changed so much when I visited last year!

By Ross (08/05/2017)

Thanks, Ross, I remember the "bombing" you described. You lads gained a good audience from it sometimes!  I think the beach shown in the bottom left-hand corner of the photo was the one most used for that.  People sometimes jumped from the big groyne, too; at high tide the sea was particularly deep round there.  Myself, I never dived. Seeing the "bombing" I feared there might have been broken masonry hidden below the surface and hoped no-one would be injured.

There weren't only pebbles and the usual bits of wood and seaweed brought up after storms of the 1970s. I remember many fish were also flung as far as the road and the White Horse Hotel! Even after ordinary gales the shop windows of the Gap were very thickly covered in sea salt.

By Sam Flowers (16/06/2017)

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