Early in 1947 Brighton Corporation took steps to purchase compulsorily the 7 1/2-acre Sylvan Hall Estate at the junction of Ditchling Road and the Upper Lewes Road. At that time four large Victorian Houses stood there in extensive grounds. These were respectively Sylvan Hall, Hill Lodge, Woodfield Lodge and 28, Ditchling Road. As these old houses were removed, blocks of two and three storey flats were erected, and the first of these were occupied early in 1951.
COLLAPSE OF SYLVAN HALL WALL: During the building operations on the estate, a section of the old high wall collapsed into the Upper Lewes Road on Monday, 10 March 1952. In this photograph can be seen Sylvan Hall and the new flats under construction.

Image Reference: JG_20_059.tif
Date: 1952
Image Details: Original monochrome image
Size of Original: 107x64
Place: Brighton
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