Yesterday I wrote about the site of Hove Lagoon, and the building of it in the 1920s. Today I will look back on my own childhood memories of this lovely park.
I remember going to Hove Lagoon park when I was a small child in the early 1960s. There were two lagoons of shallow water, one had boats that you could ride in, another was for model boats. I’m not the only one to have fond memories –
Alan Phillips writes on www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk –
‘There were only ever two pools at The Lagoon. The smaller one was used for small rowing boats and Red Indian style canoes. It had a hut at the southwest corner from where you bought a ticket, for 30 minutes or an hour, I think, although it could have been 15 minutes and 30 minutes. The larger pool was used for small, varnished, clinker built sailing boats and motor boats. The ‘third pool’ was in fact no more than a recessed area of the main pool that was separated by a wooden walkway with hinged sections to allow the boats to be locked away in there at night.’
As well as boats, there was a train situated here. I don’t remember it, but some old photographs have proved my memory to be wrong. I do remember riding on this train, I just always thought it was located somewhere else, further along the seafront in Brighton. When I saw the second photograph below on another website I decided it looked pretty much the same as the top photograph of me. Here I am, I remember on this occasion I was a little anxious because I thought I was actually driving the train!
The photograph above is taken from the website www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk which has some great memories on it and lots of posts from residents recalling the past. Here is one memory told by Helen Shipley –
‘You certainly have stirred some memories – thank you – I have a similar picture (as many others probably have too) – My photo is of my daughter when she was about 2 years old so taken about 1973. I remember going on the trains when I was young too. I expect there are quite a few people who can say the same. I don’t remember the bandstand but that could be down to my poor memory. I spent many happy hours at the Lagoon from the 1950’s right through to the 1990’s when I went with my daughter and grandchildren. We had lots of fun on the swings and the plank swing was my special favourite. Have happy memories of the boating lake and watching the model boats on the larger lake – just lots and lots of happy times. It is funny but nearly all my memories seem to include the sun shining but I know I went there when it wasn’t.’
And here is a postcard from 1953: