Saltdean - 'The early years'
The photo here dates from the mid-1920s shows Saltdean Barn in the park looking west; around this time the original Saltdean Vale was under construction.
This rough chalk/flint road was laid on farmland and ran inland from the A259 coastal road to a point where the Saltdean Vale shops are today.
A narrow gauge railway line was built (pictured) to transport the chalk and flint to the site on these small trucks drawn by a petrol driven locomotive converted for the purpose from a Fordson N type tractor by ''Hartley & Midgley'' the erstwhile Brighton Fordson Tractor dealer and motor engineers.
The chalk was quarried from the nearby hillside above what became known as "Quarry Road" renamed Greenbank Avenue when the area adjacent to the Mount Estate became developed in the 1950s /60s. Saltdean’s three Sussex Barn’s, Saltdean, Newlands and Looes Barn date from the mid 19th century. Sadly Looes Barn no longer exists. Newlands Barn is located at the junction of Saltdean Vale and Lustrells Crescent, converted into dwellings in the early 1980s, Saltdean Barn still stands in the Park.
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