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Along the road was Bates, an orchard and a market garden - where we used to go scrumping and many a thick ear I got for doing that, especially from the local bobby PC Hymes, who had a police box that stood at the bottom of Natal Road.

There were also a multitude of mulberry trees as well as lots of walnut trees in the area, which we would harvest.

Where the electricity substation now stands, there used to be an open area which was absolutely black, because that's where Brighton Corporation would take all the carcasses of the trams they'd replaced with trolley buses and burn them.

Moulsecoomb Villas where Mike and his family used to live
Allen West was an electrical engineering firm founded in 1910. During the war the workers built thousands of radar sets and sections for the Mulberry harbour, and after the war up to 3,000 people were employed by the firm. Mike recalls that when the hooter went for work to finish you could hear the sounds of hundreds of people on bikes leaving the factories.

Their administrative and design office was eventually bought by Brighton University and renamed Mithras House.

   

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