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This photograph shows the playing fields in 1876, looking east to farm buildings on the hill beyond. The houses at the left are those on the south side of Hendon Street; those in College Terrace and Canning Street which now obscure those that had not then been built.

In 1963, it is empty and derelict and seems doomed to early demolition. The distant houses seen are those in Freshfield Road, while the houses of the Craven Vale Council estate now cover the valley.

SWEET PATCH, BAKER’S BOTTOM
It stood high on the hill to the east of Craven vale allotments, screened from view by trees, and it was approached by a rough path leading from Walpole Road to the Race Hill.


The same area after the allotments had been cleared and the roads constructed, but before any houses had been built. Photographed on 6 September 1953

The same area after the allotments had been cleared and the roads constructed, but before any houses had been built. Photographed on 6 September 1953.

CRAVEN VALE HOUSING ESTATE
The area known as Craven Vale, at the end of Sutherland Road, had been used for allotments for nearly sixty years when acquired by Brighton Corporation for houses. Possession of the land was obtained in September 1952, and the construction of roads was completed in 1953. These two photographs look north-west towards Freshfield Road, when the land was still occupied as allotments. Photographed on 25 February 1952.
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