New Park Acknowledges Peacehaven’s Founder
14th April 2015
The founder of Peacehaven, Charles Neville, has been acknowledged on one of five new sculptures at the new Big Park. In 1916 Charles Neville purchased land for a new town calling it New Anzac-on-Sea but as a result of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps losses at Gallipoli during the First World War the name was considered inappropriate. Following a competition in 1917 the name Peacehaven was decided as being apt for a quiet location for retired war veterans to settle.
The singer Gracie Fields has also been recognised for founding a children’s home and orphanage in 1933 for the children of variety artistes. The property in Dorothy Avenue, Peacehaven was originally purchased as a home Gracie’s parents but they had found the location too isolated.
The new multi-use park is set at the gateway to the South Downs National Park and will be a valuable amenity for people of all ages.