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Broadoak Park

posted by David Nattress on 20 Jul 2014 at 8:09 pm

Does anyone know the history of Broadoak Park where we walk our dog most days?

Who owned it and how did it pass into Rother District Council's ownership. The thing that intrigues me most is the number of different trees species; now I'm not a tree specialist but there are very many uncommon looking types of tree that must have been planted purposely - some many years ago.

Were the grounds once part of a large estate?

I'm Bexhill born and bred but do not remember when Broadoak Park came into public use and who owned it before this.

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posted by Anne Andersen on 27 Sept 2014 at 11:24 am

David, a friend has pointed out your message about the above. I can tell you all you want to know as my father rented the farm from the council and farmed there from 1936 til his retirement in 1979. I still live in Little Common.

I wrote an article about the farm for the Bexhill Museum.

Feel free to contact me if you would like too, I am not very good on the computer!

Anne andersen

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posted by David Nattress on 05 Oct 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hi Anne, Many thanks for your message regarding Broadoak Park. I would be very interested to learn about it's origins; what it was before it became a public park/space. I should know, being Bexhill born and bred and now a resident of Little Common, but, whilst very loosely recalling it becoming a public park - a long time ago now, the detail has passed me by. As I said in my question, I'm particularly intrigued by the great variety of trees in the higher parts/fields nearer Little Common Road. Many seem to be very unusual or uncommon species - whilst I'm most certainly not an expert.

Look forward to hearing back from you.

David Nattress

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posted by Dave Hemsley on 01 Apr 2016 at 1:53 pm

Hi Anne in my younger days I used to help out on the farm with the milking (Tim O'Sullivan) and harvesting with Vin and Win your mother and father I also remember grandpa Williams as well, would love to hear from you I now live in Ore Village just outside of Hastings. Last week we visited the park and had coffee and cake in the old cowshed that brought back lots of memories.

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