This always was the shortcut to the playing fields, and to home for me via the Hawth wood. It is by the railway bridge that carries the line to Crawley station over Southgate Avenue. As I child I could hear goods wagons being shunted over the bridge; not many, but in those days one goods wagon made enough noise to be heard, let alone 3 together!

Every so often Crawley Council tries to close the gap in the fence (not in picture) that allows access to the fields. I am glad to say there is enough backbone left in Crawley for some individual(s) to have kept it open.

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