MILE OAK

REVISITED

THE JOURNEY TO MILE OAK

Donald Kane writes that in 1935 he lived at 216 Mile Oak Road, moved to Brighton and then back to Mile Oak and into 8 Beechers Road.  8 Beechers Road subsequently caught fire late one night, as he discovered when coming home on his first leave from training at Catterick. He was put up by Joan and Ray Stanford on all his leaves from Germany. He remembers that his brothers George (known as Tinker) and Patrick the youngest lived with Joan for some years in the 1914-18 timber army hut on Mile Oak Road, opposite Sefton Road.



Donald well remembers the journey to Mile Oak and the following is from his notes together with additional information from others.


Starting in the Old Village you went west up the steep hill (High Street), in those early days the metal foot bridge crossed the road. As you reached the top of the hill there was a small island with a lamp post on it at the junction of Mile Oak Road, High Street and Mile Oak Road - Southwick.  


To your left at the top of the hill was the Senior Boys School, continuing north there were a few bungalows on the right, and a small twitten that led back down into the Old Village, further on was a laundry on the left just before the corner. Still going north you would pass Brasslands Drive on the left and immediately after there was the entrance to the ‘bad boys school’ as it was known.  It was in fact the London County Council reform school - it had quite extensive grounds and its’ own swimming pool.

  

Opposite Brasslands Drive you could look right across the valley to Broomfields Farm.

Continuing on you went down a slight dip, passed quite a few houses on your right (Donald lived in one of those houses), moving on and up the other side of the dip where there was a farm on the left, you then went down the winding hill into Mile Oak.  At the bottom of the hill was the chalk pit on your left and some old cottages and on the right some houses set well back from the road.

After them was Chalky Road  which disappeared into the distant farmland most of which was Broomfields Farm - in the summer you could see haystacks on the horizon.  Chalky Road  was aptly named as it was unmade but at the bottom of the slope there was a proper footpath that led up to the girls school.


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Aerial View Journey to Mile Oak continued