CONVENT - CHURCH HILL

French Convent 1920 - 2008

By Laurie Stonehouse

The first photograph is of a nursery group from 1942.  My aunt, Vickey Delaney, tells me that children in the town would have come here to be looked after during the day, so that the parents could do work for the war effort.  I'm sure that there is more information about this picture, please add your comments.

The next batch of pictures are old postcards showing the convent probably during the 1920's, with one postcard of the Nuns.  It looks like they are playing some kind of sports game.

Lastly some pictures from 2008 for the people that live away from Newhaven.

Photo:NURSERY GROUP WITH NUN - 1942 (Front Vickey Delaney(Stonehouse),Bob Stonehouse in uniform

NURSERY GROUP WITH NUN - 1942 (Front Vickey Delaney(Stonehouse),Bob Stonehouse in uniform

Kind permission of Carol Vale

Photo:NUNS - C1925

NUNS - C1925

Old postcard

Photo:CHURCH HILL LOOKING TOWARDS TOP OF HIGH STREET (Gates on right entrance to the convent)

CHURCH HILL LOOKING TOWARDS TOP OF HIGH STREET (Gates on right entrance to the convent)

Old postcard

Photo:CONVENT C1925

CONVENT C1925

Old postcard

Photo:French Convent

French Convent

Old postcard

Photo:CONVENT CHAPEL

CONVENT CHAPEL

Old postcard

Photo:CONVENT FIELDS (Now Neils Close), TOWARDS LAUNDRY BUILDING (Now Meeching rise), CONVENT TO THE RIGHT

CONVENT FIELDS (Now Neils Close), TOWARDS LAUNDRY BUILDING (Now Meeching rise), CONVENT TO THE RIGHT

Old postcard

Photo:OLD CHAPEL 2008

OLD CHAPEL 2008

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:OLD CHAPEL AND CHURCH HILL LODGE

OLD CHAPEL AND CHURCH HILL LODGE

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:OLD CONVENT NOW MEECHING PLACE

OLD CONVENT NOW MEECHING PLACE

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:OLD CONVENT THIS SECTION OF BUILDING NOW CALLED CHURCH HILL LODGE

OLD CONVENT THIS SECTION OF BUILDING NOW CALLED CHURCH HILL LODGE

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:Nuns Walk - 2008

Nuns Walk - 2008

Laurie Stonehouse

This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 30/05/2008.
Comments about this page

The curved path that ran along the bottom of the wall separating the church from Neills Close had what looked like a small shrine part way along it, does anyone know the history of this? I would walk by there on the way home from Southdown School.

By ROB PATTEN
On 31/05/2008

Hello Rob, do you still live in Canada ? Chris sends his best wishes to you.  Anyway, I always knew the path as 'Nuns Walk' and I think the shrine is where they used to pray as they passed by.

We used to have to walk through there from school for cookery lessons at the domestic science centre in Church Hill, (where southdown school is now) with Mrs Clement Smith. I remember her well as she used to go outside and collect dandelion leaves for her lunch!

By vicky delaney
On 01/06/2008

Of course "Nuns Walk" obvious, really, but I couldn't remember, must be getting old! Yes, still in Canada, regards to Chris.

By Rob Patten
On 03/06/2008

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