Peacehaven in old picture postcards

Peacehaven in old picture postcards

:   A.S. Payne and Eddie Scott
:   Sussex, East
:   United Kingdom
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38. In the 1920s cars were still a comparative luxury, and, for the general public, very scarce. The estate company made every effort to cater for this comparative new found souree of transport by providing a warm welcome at all the company's offices. Here we see the char-à-banc and car park at the Hotel Peacehaven. It is also interesting to see the old 'Four Ale Bar', long since demolished at the South Coast Road end of the hotel. Also of course the ubiquitous flag pole. In the 1920s, the South Coast Road was reckoned to be so dangerous as to warrant a special meeting of the County Council and the Peacehaven Parish Council. It was recommended that a speed limit of 8 miles per hour be enforceable until the road was improved.

39. This is, by any standards, a rare picture. We see the Hotel Peacehaven, complete with the now defunct and demolished 'Four Ale Bar'. Overhead in splendid majesty sails the Germain airship 'Graf Zeppelin' on her way along the south coast, This was in the thirties. The hotel was built by the South Coast Land & Resort Company. The whole of Phyllis Avenue at the south side was, for many years, all for company business and properties, such as the garages, chauffeurs quarters, estate office, electricity showroom etc.

The attractive exterior of Lureland Dance Hall

40. Ithas been saidmany, many times that the Garden City lacks amenities. It wasn't soin the 19205; there was a swimming pool, there were tennis courts, cinema, flourishing associations and societies, clubs, and a dance hall. 'Lureland Hall' was a very fine dance hall, built by the South Coast Land & Resort Company, as a part of the hotel complex. It boasted a first class floor, said to be the best in the county. It was renowned for its food, and popular trio. Flannel dances (i.e. for casual dressers, not formal) and tea dances, were regularly held, and were a part of Peacehaven life (admission 1/6d.-71hp. today). The dance hall was opposite the Hotel Peacehaven, and it later saw life as a hotel and management training centre, finally becoming a drinking and social club.

41. The reader from abroad, reading through the Peacehaven Post and seeing this picture, would be forgiven fOT supposing that Peacehaven had a harbeur and wharfage. In fact the riverside wharf was at Newhaven, alongside Robinson Road. The vessel is the Lord Hartinton, and here she is seen unloading a cargo of tiles from Belgium. There was a great shortage of all forms of building material, and they had to be purchased from wherever they were obtainable and at whatever price demanded. In spite of these great difficulties Charles Neville managed to see the estates grow from strength to strength.

42. It has often been said that water is the staff of life, and early Peacehaven, as with any other new township, needed a regular supply of fresh pure water. Peacehaven grew very quickly, much quicker in fact than even the developers had dreamt. The Estate Company found itself, at times, unable to meet the increasing demand for fresh water. So many new houses were being built, that of ten, in the short term, supply pipes were laid on the surface of the ground, whilst waiting for the labour to come along and bury them. The hot sun, the exposed pipes, led often to warm water (amonst other difficulties) being supplied. As the original bore holes became over-pumped, brackish salty water found itself into the supply, and this again caused bad feeling for the company. The need for a continuous supply, led to Charles Neville buying the Telscombe Cliffs Estate, commenced earlier by The Cavendish Land Company, in order to acquire the estate's water supply. (The original weil is under the floor of the kitchen at the Telscornbe Cliffs School.) This picture shows the original Tangye purnping gear, which did such valiant service in those early days.

43. As we have already learned, building materials of all types were in very short supply with many having to be brought from overseas. In an effort to overcome this problem Mr. NeviIIe tried, whenever possible, to produce his own. Bricks were made by the thousand from the clay taken from 'the bricky' better known to modern Peacehaveners as 'Lake Park'. Here we see the manufacturing process at the start; the bricks would next be taken to any one of a number of 'scotch' kilns located on various parts of the estates. When bricks ceased to be made at the estate it was intended that the 'workings' would be transforrned into a beautifullake with willows round the edge, water fowl in abundance etc!

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44. Peacehaven's 'Pavilion' Cinema (and at times doubling as the Tatler Theatre) was built by the Estate Company for the benefit of the growing township. It stood on the north-east corner of what today we call 'The DelI', fronting the South Coast Road. It was a very popular cinema, and sadly missed, after it burned down in 1939. The famous Peacehaven 'Philharmonie' performed here their annual Gilbert & Sullivan, under their famous leader and conductor, Felix Powell, better known perhaps for writing the immortal 'Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag'.

45. As we have already learned, Peacehaven went through a period of extremely quick development in the midto late twenties, this in spite of the country slowly slipping into the grips of the Great Depression. The Peacehaven Estates knew prosperity, and at one time the South Coast Land & Resort Company employed over 1,000 men in their various departments and associated companies. Many of these people settled in Peacehaven. Others who were more 'itinerant' were lodged in American style 'bunk houses' on company land. Personal transport was almost non-existent, and it was left to the company to transport the workers to and from their various places of work. As will be seen here the 'workers' certainly didn't mind how crowded that transport was!

The Concrete Busy Bees

46. At the start of his great enterprise, Charles Neville was not to be deterred by lack of materials, no matter how scarce they were, and in the early twenties building materials were extremely scarce. As wel! as his own joinery and brick works, Charles Neville started his own concrete works, for the production of a thousand and one concrete products needed for the company's building programme. This picture shows the concrete workers known as 'the Busy Bees'. The soubriquet speaks for itself.


47. In the very busy summer of 1923 trade was so brisk at Peacehaven that it became necessary to open up 'temporary' offices to deal with the sale of plots and bungalows. This tent would have been on the South Coast Road next door to the company's western estate office (todays Cliffs Club see picture No. 5). The 'pioneering' spirit is obvious when one looks at the wattle hurdles, the tent itself and the signboards etc. that littered the South CoastRoad.

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