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Marine Gate's close proximity to Black Rock gas works.
During the Second World War, not all of the flats were let. Those which had no private tenants were used as accommodation for naval personnel who could not be housed in Roedean School, which at that time was temporarily known as H.M.S. Vernon.
The adjacent gas works at Black Rock became a German target, and as a result Marine Gate was bombed on a number of occasions during the war. Eventually it was damaged to such an extent that it could no longer be occupied without major repairs. The building was vacated and was left empty for the remainder of the war.
After the war Marine Gate was repaired and reoccupied. However, times had changed and the market for serviced apartments had disappeared. The restaurants, the bar and their related facilities were converted into the additional flats that exist today, and the shops soon became garages to be held on separate leases.
Photograph taken by Lt Wenger, a German pilot, during his attack on the gas works.
Gasholder damage at Black Rock following a German air raid.
Damage to the block during World War 2.
The above information and that on the previous page have been based on an article written by former manager Mr M D Nixon, which originally featured in 'Marine Gate News' in March 1989.
The original article can be found here.