Our Newhaven - Southdowns school’s ‘sweat box’

Our Newhaven - May 10 'The original Southdowns School taken in 1988
Our Newhaven - May 10 'The original Southdowns School taken in 1988

This month’s photo shows the original Southdown School buildings at the Church Hill site around 1988.

The school was known by some of its pupils as the ‘sweat box’, owing to the high summer temperatures in the classrooms. The large number of windows caught the sun all afternoon. Built in the mid 1960s, its steel skeleton was not up to the task and the buildings were condemned following a structural survey.

The pupils and teachers moved into a set of portakabins while the current buildings were constructed.

Our Newhaven is an easy to use website project set up in 2007 and run by a team of volunteers.

The aim of Our Newhaven project is to build a living history of Newhaven and the surrounding areas through the words and photographs of people who have and do live in the town.

Some of the photographs are from the Maritime Museum but the majority have been scanned in from people’s own private collections.

We will be featuring an image from the website every month to inspire you to take part and add your own memories.

If you have any old photographs or memories of the town, you can contribute on line at www.ournewhaven.org.uk or write your memories down and leave your photographs, postcards, slides or negatives for OurNewhaven, c/o Newhaven Town Council Offices, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven. We will return your images as soon as possible.

The ‘Our Newhaven’ website team are looking for new members to learn about the website and/or help at local events. If you would like to help please contact us for further information at enquiries@ournewhaven.org.uk