Woodingdean Memories

A fantastic childhood

By Anthony Lenton

Photo:Happy Valley

Happy Valley

©Tony Mould: all images copyrighted

Stirring memories

So many memories have been stirred looking through this website. I lived at 92 Stanstead Crescent from the time it was built in about 1955 until 1971. I spent a year at Woodingdean School until Rudyard Kipling was built. I remember Miss Tamkin and Mr Bridden as well as Mr. Kipling, Mr Bridgeland and Miss Furner.

Football success

Our football team won the second division title in my last year 1962 and shared the Baker cup after a 3 all draw with Moulescoomb. We did not lose a game all season. I remember Buster Bishop (my next door neighbour), Christopher Wilson in goal, David Crunden, Neil Shepherd, Arthur Downer, Keith Somerville, Arthur Downer, Billy Potter and myself.

My paper round

I worked at Hammonds delivering papers from The Toby pub down to Falmer Road and back again for 17/6d a week. Roger Newman, who went to Varndean School, marked up the papers. I later worked as a washer up at the Bedford Hotel. My best mate was Ron Griffiths from the top of Bexhill Road near the Sunblest factory.

We were all very fit

We had a fantastic childhood over The Downs or at Happy Valley, or else just wandering around Ovingdean and Rottingdean. No wonder we were so fit. My sister Valerie went to LonghillSchool, and her friends were Susan Brooks, Leslie Reid, Zoe Harris and Sandra Budgen. Loads of other names spring to mind and I have really enjoyed this site. I still love the Downs and though I now live in Broadstairs, I return from time to time to walk the places of my childhood.

This page was added on 21/06/2016.
Comments about this page

Happy Valley was a great little park. My sister and I often walked there via Falmer Road from Sandhurst Avenue where we lived. I remember Roger Newman very well as I was in the same class at Woodingdean School until 1961 when he went to Varndean and I to Westlain. My Aunt, Jessie McGlone, who lived in Downs Valley Road, was a dinner lady at Longhill School when it was first built. Does anyone remember her?

By Dave Crockatt (10/02/2017)

I loved this park. We lived in Falmer Road then moved up to the top of Woodingdean by the racecourse. However we went at least once a week while growing up.

By Joanne Burgess (07/06/2017)

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