This photograph shows what a large area of open ground existed on both sides of Portland Road in the 1920s. The year is 1921 and the houses in the background are some of the first Council houses built in Hove – those in the east wing of Ingram Crescent. Further along the line of empty Portland Road can be seen the Co-operative Bakery and just to the right of the man’s cap, Aldrington Cottages. One can only speculate as to the work in progress. It could be filling in a pit, as some existed in the fields between Portland Road and New Church road, or it might have been laying the foundations for the roadway of Portland Avenue.

Image Reference: JG_16_028.tif
Date: 1921
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 155x87
Place: Hove
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