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Having followed 1,2,3.and now 4, I thought it was time to add a bit. I was born at 92, Rowan Avenue on the 10th of March, 1936 and the railway ran at the the end of our back garden. At that point the cutting was quite deep. I can remeber the bridges at Old Shoreham Road, Hangleton Road, West Way and Northease Drive. There was a foot bridge over the line where one walks through from Rowan Avenue into the the cemetery with a small halt a few yards north as you walk up the path at the bottom of the Knoll Park. This path follows the line of the railway up to Hangleton Road. If one follows the foot path down by the side of Churchill House and up Kingstome Close you will be on the line. You would then have to enter the school grounds where they have an area of grass on top of the line just inside their site at the top of Northease Drive. From there you would have to go up Poplar Avenue to where the obviouse foot path next to the Down Man pub where the foot path takes you along the line to just north of the Brighton and Hove Golf Club where it leaves the line and joins up with the road and footpath to the Dyke. I would add that from where the line goes north past the club house it is private and one would need permision to go to the end where signs of the old platforms are still there. Our local historian Trevor Povey has run walks to the end and is an expert on the line (Contact via Hangleton and Knoll Project ?) and has photos etc. I will leave it at that to see how the expedition goes.

By David Smart (22/11/2009)

I have a question regarding the bridge at Northease Drive. In the 'James Gray Collection' which is held by the Regency Society, there is a photo showing the disused cutting filled up to road level, leaving only the abutments visible. It has a comment added by James Gray stating that the bridge was removed in 1949. My question is whether or not the entire bridge was actually removed in 1949? I ask this because it would appear from the photographic evidence that since the cutting had already been filled up to road level sometime around the mid 1940's. It would appear to have been easier to simply remove the abutments (which would have been the only part of the original structure still visible at that time) and to re-surface the road accordingly, than to re-exacvate the infill (which after all had only been dumped there a few years earlier!) in order to remove the entire structure. I'd be really interested to know if anyone can shed any light on this as I often walk past this spot and have often wondered!

By Stu Berry (24/11/2009)

That's a very interesting point Stu. Shall we wait until the team get to Northease Drive, and see if they uncover the answer?

By Peter Groves (25/11/2009)

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