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New Malling 'amphitheatre'

On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:19am stevied wrote:
It's been bugging me for years... in New Malling estate there's a round concrete and brick 'feature' on Lambert Place that looks like a mini amphitheatre and that seems to have no function whatsoever. I'd say it's the same age as the estate, so late-70s? Anybody know?
On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:43am sashimi wrote:
I'd be interested to find out too. It looks a bit like the 'feature' in the woods behind the Railway Land where Priory students meet. I think they both may be intended for boy scouts to sing campfire songs in which case they would seem to have missed their market.
On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:51am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Could they be disused dew ponds? There's one on the way to Glynde that's lined with concrete, rather than the traditional clay.
On 9 Mar 2011 at 9:43am WW74 wrote:
The Lambert Place area used to be a play park with a see-saw, climbing frame and four seater roundabout. The wall running around the outside of the "top park" or "venture" as it was known was twice the height it is now
On 9 Mar 2011 at 11:36am sashimi wrote:
Thanks, WW74. I'd never have guessed. Any idea what it could be used for now?
On 9 Mar 2011 at 8:57pm Memory man wrote:
Thanks guys. I've had a memory in the back of my mind for year of going to Malling and being in a circular concrete park surrounded by a high brick wall. I've never been able to work out where it was but now know that it was in Lambert place!! Must have been in the early 80s. Anybody know when it stopped being used?
On 11 Mar 2011 at 8:25am stevied wrote:
I've been up that way regularly for about six or seven years and it's never been more than an empty concrete area. Would be a fun place to kick a ball around in - oh hang on, LDC have put a 'no ball games' sign up...
On 12 Mar 2011 at 1:10am Garethlewes wrote:
It was a park at one stage I am 19 and have lived in Lewes all my life I can remember it being a park but it changed quit e awhile ago may have even been 10 years ago. I remember playing there as the 'middle park' and the 'top green' in Malling where either for the "chavvy kids" or the older kids respectively. Just a quick one I guess the person who started this thread is from the lower part of malling, I dont like the 'new malling' tag as it has been in lewes for about 40 years now and in terms of some of the buildings etc in lewes it isnt new. it seems as the older part of malling is a bit snobbish towards the 'new malling' part, (just my opinion and snobbishness in terms of Lewes) As i am currently in High Wycombe at Uni and I have found it to be very different to lewes in almost every respect and thats why we all love Lewes
On 14 Mar 2011 at 9:33pm stevied wrote:
I grew up in 'Old' Malling and when the built the 'new' houses we called them 'New Malling' (probably with an element of snobbiness as Lewes dosn't like change!). Sure it's 40 years on now but old habits die hard...

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