The Great Gale

The Great Gale of 1987 had a dramatic effect on Hove Park. Many of the elms were toplled; on the morning after Goldstone Crescent was filled with branches. In the photos shown here, can you recognise the places from which they were taken? The chimney of the Engineerium can be seen in the first.

 

The are some more photographs in the article on the Great Gale which appeared in Hove Park Living magazine. They can be found here.

 

The damage

 

 

The old Alliance and Leicester building (since replaced) can be seen in the background above.

 

The clear up begins. But notice the bottom left corner: the give way lines show that the workmen were actually parked on the road and not in the park.

 

Commemorative Stone

 

 

This commemoration stone can be found beside the path on the south side of the park, near the Goldstone. The lettering is indistinct now, and can only be read when the light catches the stone at a suitable angle.

 

The text reads:

 

THIS STONE COMMEMORATES
THE GENEROUS HELP
GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF HOVE
AND SURROUNDING AREAS
FOR THE RESTORATION OF THIS PARK
AFTER THE GREAT STORM
OF 16TH OCTOBER 1987

 

Further information

 

The Sussex History Forum has some prewar photographs of Goldstone Crescent and Woodland Drive, although you do need to register to view the photos. The Goldstone Crescent one shows the old line of trees before the Great Gale.

 

There is a 13 minute video entitled "The Storm of October 1987 in Hove Park Sussex" on YouTube.

 

Wanderlust676  on Flickr has a number of photographs of Hove Park with trees uprooted. The photograph that this link gives shows the telephobe box at the junction of Goldstone Cresent and The Droveway; now somewhat isolated, before the Great Gale it was hemmed in by trees and bushes.

 
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