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I am sure there used to be a little toy shop here mostly second-hand toys and for a little pocket money you could fill your boots with old dinky toys and the like, this was a lovely area and so peaceful 40/50 years ago

By Roger Davis (13/04/2011)

My mum lived in Church Lane. She had two brothers and three sisters. Her Maiden name was Baker. My dad helped build the Black Lion pub, that's where they met. My mum died about 13 years ago aged 91. I am 75 but still get down to Brighton when I can.

By Kenneth Mchale (03/02/2012)

Does anyone know what happened to numbers 29 to 32 Church Hill? Nobody seems to know.

By Theresa Furr (19/09/2012)

My Gran Maude Clifford lived in the cottage part of which was partly in the Black Lion car park. The cottage had a inglenook fireplace we could sit in and look up the chimney and see the stars and it had a section on the chimney you could smoke food on. There were five sons Bert, Jack, Ron and Alf Bern- two daughters, Maude who became my mother and Rose. Ron worked on the farm at the top of Church Hill, Jack worked in the Lime works at the bottom of Dale Hill by the farm. When my grandfather came home from the first world war his job was the village postman and when he died he was taken up Church Hill on a gun carriage and buried at All Saints church. I thought the cottage was a listed building but it was pulled down to make the Black Lion car park bigger.

By Tony (24/10/2013)

Does anyone remember the Pullens of Church Hill? My great great grandfather Peter Pullen and his wife Harriet moved to the area in the late nineteenth century and they had 14 children in total including two from his first wife who died. Various family members lived in many of the houses in Church Hill over the years and my Grandparents lived in my Great Grandfather's house at the top end of the row when my Dad was born. I don't know what happened to any of the other 13 children (my Great Grandad's siblings) and my Grandad was an only child.

By Joe (06/04/2017)

In answer to Joe's comment, I remember the name Pullen but not much more. My grandparents lived first at number 21 then at number 20 Church Hill (early 1930s onwards), my grandmother lived at number 20 until she died in 1990 and I remember visiting her as a child. Their surname was Clapson and my grandmother's maiden name was Penfold (one of the many based around Church Hill/Court Farm). The Pullens and Clapsons/Penfolds would have almost certainly known each other.

By Jeanette C (08/04/2017)

Thanks Jeanette. My grandfather's maternal grandfather was George Maskell from Patcham. He was born in 1865 and was the verger at the church for 52 years. Apparently he attended the village school from age 3-7 before going to work at Court Farm in the brewhouse. He later worked as an under gardener at Stanmer Park, where he met his wife who was a "skivvy" there.

By Joe (12/04/2017)

Hi Joe, just read your comment re The Pullens . My father, Roy Still who is 92 was great mates with Peter Pullen, your Grandfather. They went to school together and played football and he tells me your grandfather was a train driver. Harriet who was one of the 14 siblings married my grandfather Wilfred Still in about 1939, both of them had been previously widowed.  George who lived at number 13 Church Hill was also one of the siblings who would have  been your Great Grandfather. I remember visiting him when I was a child. Harriet lived with my Grandfather Wilfred Still at 2 Church Hill until she died in August/September 1964. Wilfred died a few years earlier about 1961. Harriet had two children, Peter and Norah, both have since died. My Godfather (Ted Knight) was a grandchild of Peter and Harriet Pullen (one of the 14 ) but unfortunately he has died. My Dad's paternal side have lived in Church Hill dating back to the 1600s.


By Linda (21/01/2018)

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