Claremont Road and the Brickfields

Claremont Road and the Brickfields 

As you leave the Bonningstedt Promenade the promenade continues towards the Buckle, However the junction with Claremont Road is worth a few moments to stand and stare.  This junction was the main route out of Seaford until the Buckle By-pass was built in the 1970s. As such it featured a direction sign, just in case travellers had already lost their way towards Newhaven. The old finger post, once a major feature on East Sussex County Council's Highways, remains to this day.

Finger Post

Users of the road here were exposed to the storms which often resulted in the road being closed and all vehicles, which include buses being diverted along Belgrave and Firle Road to Grand Avenue away from the coast and returning via Hill Rise near Bishopstone Station thereby avoiding the Buckle altogether. Indeed the roadway here often experienced severe damage as this photograph from the 1950s reveals. 

Promenade Repairs Claremont Road

 

The Brickfields 

Continue west and the low lying land on the otherside of the road is known locally as the Brickfields.

The Brickfields

 Now a nature reserve, this grassy hollow sheltered from the strong sea winds is a sanctuary for both people and the rich diversity of plants, insects and animals that live here. The site was once part of much larger tidal inlet now cut off by the building up of the shingle beach, on which the promenade sits and inland by the railway embankment and beyond that the by-pass. For more information about the current activity on the site please contact The Friends of the Old Brickfield on Facebook.  If you would like to find out more, or get involved in looking after the site, please contact Lewes District Council's community ranger on 01273 484344 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Old Road Buckle

This drawing by 1869, the original can be seen in the Seaford Museum as part of a collection of the works of local artist HH Evans, shows how the site would frequently flood with sea water forcing travellers carts to be swapped for boats. The history of brick making on this site is not clear but it may have been used to make bricks for the construction of the Martello Tower. Continue westward to The Buckle.