The village lost during World War Two brought back to life

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Tom Savvides

A once vibrant coastal village, which fell into disrepair during World War Two, has been brought back to life.

Tide Mills, situated between Newhaven and Seaford in East Sussex, was mostly built in the 1700s and 1800s.

It was abandoned in the 1940s and then fell into disrepair. 

It was home to a large mill, a sea hospital and racing stables, all of which have almost disappeared.

Tide Mills was primarily built in the 1700s and 1800s Credit: ITV News Meridian

Now some of the buildings and sites have been recreated for a heritage exhibition.

Phil Rose, Artistic Director, Tide Mills Project said: "I wanted people to know the size and magnitude of the mill and where it was, as not many people know that it was over the creek because they built an island first to build the mill and the village on so people could live very close to the mill."

The Chailey Heritage Marine Hospital also used to stand at the site in the 1900s, where patients would come for sea therapy.

The village is being recreated as part of a new exhibition Credit: ITV News Meridian

Ted Hartwell, 90, was a young patient at the hospital in 1935.

He said: "We'd go back up of course to have a doctor or nurse check us over.

"We used to swim every day even in awful weather, it's quite amusing really looking back on it. Race horses from the stables also came by."