Doing the Round Hill walk
by Chris Tullet from The Round Hill Reporter June 2003
No, this isn’t a notice about a new song for a future gathering of the Round Hill Society (RHS), but an invitation to come on the next th Round Hill Walk scheduled for 16 July.
Several tours of the area have been undertaken to date, and it was felt that another would be in order to cater for those who were unable to attend previously or were newcomers to the area who are interested in its history.
The walk is an offshoot of the work of the History group of the RHS (which is intending still to produce a booklet on the area by October 2003), and in particular of Rosemary Fittock, a member of that group, who from previous research put the itinerary together.
The circular tour starts from the New Vic pub in Richmond Road, and as it progresses around the area you will get an insight into its high class beginning as part of the Rose Hill Park and Round Hill Park development, through to its current situation.
The tour indicates the sites of the Golf Ball Factory, the Laundries that were so prolific in the area that it was sometimes known as Laundry Hill, the Lewes Road railway station, Forfars’ Tower Mill dating from 1838, the elusive Lennox Road, and also, just out of the area, the tour takes in the history of Dog Kennel Road.
Notable houses in the area will be pointed out to you, as well as some of the background to the different stages of development. You will need your imagination to understand the opulence of Sylvan Hall, and to realise how 101 Round Hill Crescent was a building pioneering women and children’s health care in Brighton.
The walk proceeds from Richmond Road via Princes Road to Ditchling Road and Hollingdean Lane, thence back to Round Hill Road, Belton Road and Sylvan Hall to Round Hill Crescent and eventually the New Vic, where, after a good hour and a half’s exercise ‘up hill and down dale’, you can refresh with your favourite tipple (mine’s a Harvey’s).
Interested? Then don’t forget the date.