Founded in the 1920s by Grace Kimmins as an outstation for the main hospital at Chailey for boys that were paralysed or crippled by birth, accident or illness , it was thought that sea air, sea bathing and the Spartan lifestyle would help to heal. The main ward on the seaward side of the railway line was over 100yds long, the Nurse’s home on the other side apparently had the only heat source on the site-an open fire. Early film in Newhaven museum shows the beach to rise at a steep angle almost to the verandas of the buildings and the boys being carried on wire stretchers and put into the water while others drag themselves across the beach. They were taught to make model ships whilst there and one of these is in Chailey Hospital Chapel, a modern copy replacing a stolen one, it was made from memory by one of the ex patients a few years ago. Matron Powell realised that once the boys left the hospital at 15 most of them had no future and so set up Searchlight Workshops and Home on Denton Hill. This is still functioning and they have a small shop selling craft and garden items such as bird tables, The hospital, like the other buildings became a casualty of Wartime defence.
Photos above- Each ward had a solarium and also the boys were taught crafts
Photos below- The imposing main entrance.and schoolroom
A blue boulder collector in the 1930s. The blue grey pebbles were collected and sent north for use in the glass and pottery industry.
Typical of one of the many East Beach casualties, Low tide still reveals timbers and anchors from long ago.(photo is in fact Sagutan on Seaford beach)
"Spindrift" holiday home to the Finn family and an example of the coaches that were along the beach until WW2. Some single as here others in pairs with a gap between and a roof over. Examples still exist on Shoreham beach
Originally built in the 1880s these coaches were brought here by the RNAS during WW1 as accomodation. When the air station closed down these and other buildings were sold off as holiday homes. Traces of the brick piles or beds of old sleepers still show in the shingle.