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Mile Oak photos

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Mile Oak maps

Historic maps of Mile Oak and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Mile Oak maps

Mile Oak area books

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Memories of Mile Oak

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Memories of Oakdene Avenue

Oakdene Avenue c1960, Mile Oak
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I would place the date of the photo, earlier than 1965 as I moved into No 11 in 1958 with my parents as the first owners. I got married in 1962 and moved across to my wife's house in Chrisdory Road in 1962 and I'm sure  the pavements would have been completed long before then.  The car in the picture is right outside our house and I would need a better view of it to know if it was my father's 3 wheel Bond minicar. In those days I worked at the Ronuk Factory (it does what it says on the tin) in Victoria Road, before it was sold off and demolished and Rounk Hall became Portslade Town Hall.  
 The photos shown in the Portslade collection of Sefton Rd. and Beechers Road should really be listed in the Mile Oak collection, as that is where they are located, along with those of Mile Oak Road and Oakdene Avenue

(Editors note:  Thank you for the information - we... Read more

Tina Nee Hickey 1959-1963

I remember Mile Oak High School like it was yesterday. The fun we had and the mischief we got up to - in one instance we played hookey from school and went up and sat on the chalk hill, only to find out later that day that they could see us from the school when the truant officer knocked on my parents door, needless to say we didn't do that again in hurry. I now live in New Brunswick, Canada. On a visit in 1991 I was surprised by the changes I saw. I hardly recognised the school what happened to the beautiful playing field? I've talked about those days to my children and now grand children about going to school in the middle of a farm and how wonderful it was. Miss Kellaway was the headmistress when I went there. I lived in Stonery Close - when we moved there I was seven - ours was the last house right next to the Broomfield Farm.

Playing in The Corn Fields

I am 65 now, but if I close my eyes I am 10, playing in the cornfields down by MileOak Secondary Modern School, with my brother Graham Burton and some friends, Richard Gere, Suesanne Birchill and Roger Birchill, and others who's name I have forgotten! We used to stack the newly bound hay until it formed a "camp" and we would play for hours or until the farmer chased us, we also played up by the farm at the end of MileOak Road, We would flatten the corn (the first crop circles possibly) ha! ha! then we would play well hidden from sight. Those circles could be anything from a house to a fantasy island.

Mile Oak 1938 To1950

Hi Roger Dale, thanks for adding to my memories of Mile Oak, you need to check your dates! We still lived at 222 in 1949, a year I can never forget as my father died in the front room of 222 on New Year's Day 1949, in October 1948 my grandfather died in the back room. I am not sure when my mother sold to move on to Shelldale rd Portslade. Most of my memories of Mile Oak before those few months were good, I hope you enjoyed your time there. Take a look at Good place to read and post memories. Kind regards Frank

Left And Forgotten

I am now 66 and my memory of beautiful Mile Oak is as clear today as it was 55 years ago. Sadly I was one of them naughty boys (as you villagers branded us). My crime was taking 2/6p off a windowsill back here in Folke stone, one of many misdemeaners our local magistrate had to put up with unfortunately. In fact it was a care and protection order that sent me to lovely Mile Oak and I was the longest serving boy. I was there so long I ended up working with Fred and Mr Minter in the boiler house. My passions were the few hours of freedom, let out on a Saturday afternoon, that was if I had good markings that week and most of the time I did. I was in the Portslade A C F and took my Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme for life-saving at the King Alfred swimming pool at Brighton, but all this was just a pittance to the Sunday tea I used to... Read more

Mile Oak Portslade 1938 to 1950

Hello, I was one of the few children who lived in Mile Oak Road and and also played on Broomfields Farm, we lived at no 222 which was the second to last house before the road dropped down the hill to Mile Oak. The old wagon mentioned used to be the shepherd's hut that he moved around the fields with his sheep, which were kept in pens made of woven hurdles, we spent many hours with the shepherd when the sheep were moved around the field at the bottom of our garden, having mugs of tea and he often shared a piece of cake with us kids. The naughty boys school, as it was known to us, over looked our house, my mother often had some of the boys home for tea on Sundays, I think the masters used to use tea with us as a reward for good behaviour. It was a nice surprise for me to read Bonny Cother's memories, which certainly rekindled a lot of my happy... Read more

Mile Oak Revisited

My mother was a land girl, she worked daily on Farmer Broomfield's farm Some of my earliest memories are of playing with other kids around an old black caravan, more a hut on wheels, provided as a shelter from the weather. Piles of wet weather coats made a comfy sleeping bed for me, while mum worked and the older kids played. Maybe I was getting too big for my pram, cause I remember it being around, until the day my brother put his feet through the bottom drop down section, when fooling around with his friends. The end of my pram days.
The field was at the bottom of Beechers Road, opposite the "jumping field" as the horses field was known, next to Chalky Lane. This was a field which covered a lot of space, and uphill towards the two storey houses on Mile Oak Road.
Mum complained often of back problems, but no doubt all the women involved in bending and weeding the rows of vegetables had back pain.Read more

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