Picture Postcard Parade: The Lake, Chinese Gardens, Hurstpierpoint

8 Apr

This slightly battered postcard is of the Chinese Gardens, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. I’m afraid I don’t know  much about this place, expect that it was near where my great-grandfather lived in Hurstpierpoint and that the gardens have long since gone.

The Lake, Chinese Gardens, Hurstpierpoint

Apart from the fact that it is a delightful picture, probably a group of Victorian day-trippers enjoying a leisurely trip in a boat. Now I come to think about it, the boat looks rather crowded and there doesn’t appear to any visible means of propulsion, so perhaps they have been cast adrift from a sinking ship.

No, the real reason I chose this postcard is because it makes me feel incredibly optimistic about future. The weather here is starting to feel like spring is in full swing, just the sort of weather for messing about in boats, or more importantly for me, suitable for doing some serious walking again.

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3 Responses to “Picture Postcard Parade: The Lake, Chinese Gardens, Hurstpierpoint”

  1. Sarah from Hurstpierpoint May 11, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    What a beautiful piece of history. I have lived in hurstpierpoint for 22 years now and I can quite honestly say it is a lovely place to live. The scenery of the village and surrounding villages is just delightful. There are some fantastic walking and cycle routes which i would highly recommend :)

    • John Gasson May 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

      I have made too few visits to Hurstpierpoint in recent years and they have been mostly brief, but from what I have seen it is a lovely place. I really need to spend more time walking and exploring the village and it’s surroundings.

  2. Ian Gates June 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    The Chinese Gardens were towards the top of Western Rd in Hurst, and for many years were a popular destination for ‘charabanc’ trips from Brighton or further afield- there was also a dance hall, which thrived right through to the late 60s ( I remember a gig there by Freddie and the Dreamers, though they must have been down on their luck by then!) Local res idents were, I think, relieved when the place finally closed in the early 70s. I have some nice memories of fetes and parties there when I was a child in the 50s, and I have some old photos, pre-WW1, of the village Fire Brigade (including my great-grandfather) receiving trophies for some sporting endeavour; the ‘Chinese’, as locals always called it, was a good resource for village people too, though rather tatty by the end. It wouldn’t fit in with the gentile image the village lies to affect these days!

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