This Avery's postcard view of Rottingdean seafront circa 1920s shows 'The Continental' tea rooms (centre right).
In Douglas d'Enno's wonderful book 'Rottingdean Through Time' he mentions the building as being called the (new) High Cliff Restaurant, and can be viewed on a Wardell's post card which he concludes, through the absence of the rebuilt White Horse, must be dated before 1934.
If you have any more information about The Continental or anything else you see in the picture then we'd love to hear your comments.
Place Name: Ovingdean.
Sussex Dialect Pronunciation: Oovingdean.
Meaning: Valley of Ofa's people.
Recordings: OE Ofinga dene
"Ofa owned a farmstead at Novington."
The MODERNIST Man! R W H JONES, the architect who designed many of Saltdean in Brighton's iconic Art Deco style buildings
R W H Jones: An architect responsible for the best of Saltdean.
By Mike Laslett
Richard William Herbert Jones is well known in this area for designing the Lido (pictured below) and the Ocean Hotel which both opened in 1938.
The Ocean Hotel (below circa 2015) has been used to portray 1930’s grandeur in such TV programmes as Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot.’ In the episode “The Jewel Robbery at The Grand Metropolitan” the Hotel became The Grand Metropolitan, Morecambe, since that building was under restoration at the time of filming.
These two iconic buildings were not his only work for the local development company. In 1937 he designed the art deco blocks of flats now known as Curzon House, Marine View and Teynham House on the coast road between the Lido and Longridge Avenue.
Coastal Reflections - Life in the deans in the 1930s,40s and 50s: recollections of local life, before, during and just after the war years
Coastal Reflections in a marvelous collection of stories and memories of life in Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Woodingdean and Saltdean from the 1930s to 1950s compiled by noted local-based author Christine Foster.
The recollections are sometimes humorous, sometimes thought provoking and sometimes very sobering, bringing day to day events into focus through the experiences of the young (often children) people who were growing up as the urban Deans developed and then war-time took hold.
The book has been funded by The Co-op Local Community Fund and will raise funds for The Saltdean Community Charity (no 270950).
The book is available to buy for £5 from:
The Grange Gallery in Rottingdean
The Rottingdean Open Art Cafe
And The Laughing Dog in Brighton Marina.
Cover illustrations by Amanda Davidson.
An excerpt from the book about the Messcherschmitt 109 German aircraft that was shot down near Harvey's Cross, Saltdean in October 1940.
Saltdean Lido CIC: Thank you to Trevor Curry who shared these wonderful pictures of the Easter Bonnet Parade at Saltdean Lido (1965-1973). Please pledge to save Saltdean Lido so that the Easter Bonnet Parades can resume!
You can donate here: www.spacehive.com/saltdean-lido
The Saltdean Bowl
By Mike Laslett
Many of Brighton & Hove’s archaeological treasures are held at Brighton Museum, safely stored in the Prince Regent’s wine cellars below the Royal Pavilion. One of the most beautiful from the Museum’s Iron Age collection is an object known as the Saltdean Bowl.
The Bowl's discovery
It was discovered on 6th May 1910 on the clifftops at Saltdean Gap, close to where the tunnel is today. It was found by twelve-year-old Edward Hales and his friend, fourteen-year-old George Wicks, both from Brighton, who then sold it on to the Museum in 1914.
The Bowl's location
About eighteen inches below the surface, cliff falls had exposed the beautiful urn you see illustrated. Such items are normally found as fragments and reconstructed like a jigsaw puzzle. Amazingly, the Saltdean Bowl was found undamaged, precisely as you see it here. At Brighton Museum, the Curator at the time, Herbert Toms, identified it as an Iron Age Cinerary urn containing both human remains and some pig bones, dating it to around 200 BC. The site disappeared in a further cliff fall the following December. On examination it is plain to see from the surface and the dimple on the base that it was crafted on a potter’s wheel. The design is extremely artistic and delicate for an object of this antiquity. A couple of years later, some Roman coins were washed out of the adjacent cliff so, while there is no proof, one may conjecture whether there may have been a small community living in Saltdean, spanning the late Iron Age and Early Romano-British periods. Most of Saltdean, with the exception of the old barns, dates from the Twentieth Century. Archaeological finds like the Saltdean Bowl reveal how humans have been active in the area for thousands of years. The bowl is now stored at Brighton Museum and I would like to thank Andy Maxted, Curator, who allowed me to inspect it.
The uncrowned king of Brighton!
In this beautifully charming BFI film we follow the ghost of Lieutenant Colonel John Eld on his journey back to and around Brighton 100 years after his death!
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The Telscombe Cottage with a Hidden Secret.
By Roy Grant
There used to be a small cottage on the seaward side of the South Coast Road near the Telscombe Cliffs. The views must have been magnificent, but nobody ever seemed to live there. I presume that was because it was never actually built to be lived in and also had a very deep cellar. If you look closely at the attached then and now illustrations you will discover more.
The cottage was a phony, built to hide the entrance to a lengthy hidden staircase which led to an equally hidden position in the cliffs below. The purpose of the cottage therefore was to conceal the shaft which gave access the original Portabello sewer pipe. When the recent modifications to the sewerage outfall were made, the cottage with magnificent sea views that presumably had never been lived in, ceased to be required. Post Script. Has anyone got a picture of the cottage? Not either of the two that are now by the roadside, but the original one that split the difference between the coast road and the cliff face.
In an effort to find out more about the actual route of the sewer pipe which dates from 1875 by the way, I discovered that in Tim Carder's Encyclopedia of Brighton it also had a little more about the cottage itself.
Tim wrote, "There were sixty ventilating shafts along its length including a 102-foot chimney erected on the cliff top to the south-east of Roedean School; a coke fire was used to produce a continuous flow of air through the sewer, but the chimney was demolished in 1933 for the construction of Marine Drive although the concrete base remains. Another ventilating shaft was built in 1885 at Rottingdean Heights disguised as an octagonal-shaped house; it was known as The Mortuary because the bodies of ship-wrecked sailors were kept there before burial, but the building was demolished following its sale in 1973. There were also ventilation flues built into the corners of the Madeira Lift shaft."
Here is a selection of historical pictures of Saltdean from Getty Images.
Diving boards at the Ocean Hotel, September 13th 1937.
Honeymooners enjoy a relaxing time at the Ocean Hotel, April 1957.
May 31st 2001, then prime minister Tony Blair visits Saltdean on his drive through Brighton.
A busy Saltdean Lido with the Ocean Hotel in the background, circa 1940s.
April 1957, the 'classic' picture of a honeymooning couple kissing in front of Butlin's Ocean Hotel.
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Chris Wrapson: I grew up in Woodingdean 1940s / 50s but have lived in Saltdean since 1955, having always had a fascination for our local buses and services.
Of all the buses operated over the decades on our local routes including Service 2, this has to be my favourite bus Bristol FLF pictured when brand new owned and operated by ''Brighton Hove & District Omnibus Company (BH&D).''
The photo dates from summer 1966 and appears in Glyn Kraemer-Johnson & John Bishop's book 'Streets of Brighton' 'Rottingdean High Street' .