Past Times Station road Portslade
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The Crest:

1.Cornucopia: Horn of plenty.

2.Grapes: Health

3.Six Sussex Martlets

4. Oak Branch: Strength.


The Station opened on 12 May 1840. The original platform for Brighton was west of the level crossing, and was resited to its present position in 1881. In 1863 the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway opened a branch to Littlehampton, which stopped at Portslade. The signal was a slotted post type, the lamp had coloured glasses, illuminated by gas and was rotated by cranks

In 1911 the sanitory inspector was horrified to discover that the station still had its own cesspool in the garden. He ordered it to be filled in and the drain connected to the Portland Road sewer.

The main shopping area until the 1930's was in North Street, South Portslade. One of the many butchers in the road had their own slaughter yard at the back. The animals were driven down Station Road after arriving by rail at Portslade Station, which is at the top of Station Road, opposite the 'Railway Inn'

Lynne says that she does not use the trains these days as she has a car, but she does remember using the trains as a teenager to go up to the weekly market by Haywards Heath station. As a child she remembers walking over the railway bridge and under the tunnel, but does not remember using the trains.

Pam remembers walking over the railway lines on her way to work. 'At the station there was a hut that workmen used to stop at and get a cup of tea. It was there for years, it only went about ten years ago. There is a fruit and veg stall there now. The alleyway under the railway line was always very seedy and not a very nice place to walk through.

In the second world war a bomb brought all the glass down from the canopy over Portslade Station. That was the day that my mother said that we had to go and stay with an Aunt in somerset. 'I remember walking down Carlton Terrace to the station with my doll in my arms, my doll went everywhere with me. I can remember it so well. I was only five or six. We didn't stay long in Somerset, we only stayed a few months'.