Peacehaven in old picture postcards

Peacehaven in old picture postcards

:   A.S. Payne and Eddie Scott
:   Sussex, East
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-4542-8
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28. This early aerial picture ofthe Dover Road (A259 now) shows very clearly the sporadic development, with empty plots on all sides. The first road shown on the left, is Seaview Road, and the reader can work out the other avenues from this starting point. One of the company's eastern estate offices, now The BelIs Club, is clearly shown here, as is Breeze's Restaurant and Guest House. The lack oftraffic is veryobvious! Arundel Roadcan be picked out at the top right of the picture, and was of course unmade atthis time as were all ofthe side roads.

29. A very bare South Coast Road reminds us of the 1920s and its accompanying problems with transport. Here we can see the lack of pavement, the lack of verges etc. The photographer would have stood to the east of Piddinghoe Avenue and we see on the corner the Company Offices (now the Beils Club). On the left is 'Peter Pan', another Estate Office, and the quarters of the Peacehaven Patrol. Herbert Robinsons shop is now Dial Indicators and on the right background can be seen 'Optima House' the present day Post Office.

30. Whilst 'sitting on Peacehaven's shoulder' so to speak, Telscombe Village, unlike its near similarly named neighbour, Telscombe Cliffs, was never part of 'Greater Peacehaven' , it sat tucked away in a fold of the downs in splendid isolation. So much so that there was no 'through' traffic, no shops, no 'pub', no bus and no hustle nor bustle. The village remains now, as for the past 100 years, unspoiled. Here we look down into the village from the south. It is, we think, Empire Day. A black Welsh 'runt' oxen is a perfect link with the past. The church, creeper covered, is dedicated to St. Lawrence. Many historians believe that Telscombe (old English 'Tettlescombe') is the 'Lancewich' mentioned in Domesday.




31. This early fire engine was a very spectacular motorised machine - primitive radiator, chain drive, artillery wooden spoked wheels. It is more of a tender than an engine. It has no water on board, that can be seen, and no hose is carried. The crew appears to comprise of two civilians, six firemen (two wearing traditional heimets), and one policeman. The machine is standing outside the Coast Guard Cottages at Portobello, facing westwards on the Dover Road. As the caption states: 'A Smart Turn Out.'

32. Picture No. 31 shows an early motorised machine, that must have tumed heads wherever it went. This illustration is a Iittle more up to date, late thirties in fact, and it depiets the then 'Chai!ey Rural District Counci!' fire engine that served the area wel!. The driver is Ray Fenner, a very well-known Peacehaven man for many years, and his business at Fenners Garage was quite famous as an important part of Peacehaven Iife. On the left of the picture, standing, is Harold Wagstaff, one of the very wel!-known Peacehaven farni!y. There are of course many very wel!-known names in the assembIed company, but there is just not sufficient space to mention them al!.

33. In the very early days the jewel in Peacehaven's crown was certainly the Hotel Peacehaven, and on 10th October 1922, the grand opening took place. The event was, to say the least, wonderfullywell stage managed. Rivers of champagne, mountains offood etc., greeted the many journalists who came to the bungalow hotel, designed for the bungalow town. A feature of the hotel was the magnificent Italian Garden, seen here in all its glory - the magnificent rockery, the impressive walkway, the fountain, the tea pavilion, the lawns, a sight sadly lacking today. All these things passed alas in the years of grace. A marquee was set up to seat all of the reporters and journalists who came to witness the opening of the hotel, and after being fed and entertained, many were shown round the estate.

Hotel Peacehaven

34. A very attractive feature of the Hotel Peacehaven, was the sunken Italian Garden. Used for regular band concerts and other social events, it boasted delightful rockeries, walkways, a fountain, pool etc., and a fine tea pavilion as wel! as the company's greenhouses. This view looking from the south, over the gardens to the Sou th Coast Road, shows very wel! the sparseness of the development at that time. It was on this north side of the Coast Road that Charles Neville intended to build his 'connected smal! bungalows for visitors' - a vision of todaysmotel!

35. When the Hotel Peacehaven was opened, in order to mark the very special occasion with a flourish, Charles Neville, amongst other things, commissioned Professor Vechi, the famous Florentine sculptor, to produce for hirn this statue of 'Peace' , to be ready for the grand opening. lt stood for many years in the hall of the hotel. lts whereabouts now? No one knows. Perhaps publication ofthis book will reveal the answer.

36. When the opening ofthe Hotel Peacehaven was announced, it was accompanied by tremendous advertising, with invitations to attend sent to many joumalists, Lords and Ladies, all of whom would be expected to add their name to the list of admirers viewing the oompany's estates. Charles Neville, in ever the grand style, arranged for the celebrated Dutch aviator Anthony Fokker, to demonstrate his new glider, said by Charles Neville, to be the first time in England that such a thing had happened. The reader from overseas, could weH be forgiven for believing that Peacehaven had in fact a train service, and indeed even an express. In fact the company chartered a Pullman Train from Victoria to Brighton, and just stood this board outside for the photographers benefit.



37. As we have seen earlier , to mark the launch of the Hotel Peacehaven, Charles N eville, amongst many other things, arranged for the celebrated Dutch pioneer aviator Anthony Fokker to come to the Garden City and demonstrate his remarkable gliding machines. Two gliders were brought to England and the demonstration took place in the afternoon of the great day. The flights took place from Telscombe Tye and across what is todays Bannings Vale. Neville caused something of a rumpus with the Daily Mail who had already booked Fokker's services for later that year and the newspaper never quite forgave Charles Neville for upstaging them.

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