This is the only photograph I have ever seen of Ivy Lodge, and it is a pity that so little of the building is shown. It was in the grounds of this house that James Williamson (1855-1933) made one of the first cinematograph films. This was “Attack on a Chinese Mission”, made in 1901, and this photograph was taken during the filming. Williamson lived at 144 Church Road, over his Chemist’s shop, before moving to 55 Western Road. Ivy Lodge stood where Valance Gardens are now, just south of Vine Cottage, the outline of which can just be seen in the background. It was a fairly large bow-fronted building. I have no certain knowledge of when it was removed (it was not listed in Directories), but I think, with Vine Cottage, about 1908.

Image Reference: JG_12_188.tif
Date: 1901
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 201x143
Place: Hove
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