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I was interested to read the comments about the rifle range on this site. My relatives owned Hyatt’s Amusements and also had a cafe under the arches and a restaurant on the front. The restaurant was called Hyatt’s with a sign showing a high hat (get it?). These are memories from my late mother who worked for the Hyatt’s and Eileen Leach in the 1930’s.
Forever the last in line, I’ve only just discovered this site. Thank you all for the memories you’ve awakened. Vera Bridger, Mike Person, and so many others. I’d love to catch up with you all. I’m at email@example.com or 07478278878 Very Very Best Regards
I wonder if any of the Knoll alumni remember Barrie Tutte? a good musician and singer from what I can gather. He was a close family friend of my parents having spent time at Dartington College with my Father. Barrie died when I was a young girl, I was heart broken. My Father died this summer aged 72 and he was the only connection we had to Barrie who I believe would have been approximately the same age. I understand that Barrie was adopted or fostered at the time that he attended Knoll. I have found one or two references to him on this forum but would be grateful for any information so that I can build a clearer picture of him, whatever that picture might be.
If you look under the heading’Magnificent Architecture’ in the Lewes Crescent section on this site you will see that Sue Bennett also mentions Val’s Taverne.
During and after the War there were many such drinking establishments set up as ‘clubs’ in basement premises around Brighton (and other towns I suppose) in order to by-pass the usual strict pub opening hours which existed in those days and the Police were very hot in enforcing the licensing hours. If you were a member of such a club you could get a late night drink after the pubs had closed. These clubs disappeared when more relaxed licensing hours were introduced in the 1960s. I don’t particularly remember Val’s but there was always a Railton 10 parked outside this address in the 1950s.
Sarah this is extremely interesting. My mother in law’s mother was Clemence Bonnot Eggerth, d. Brooklyn, NY 1971. She had a brother, “Frank” who I only heard referred to as a chef in Australia known as Frank Martin, married to Pearl in Melbourne, Aus. He was known to be from France, I don’t know from what area.
I have come across a 1950’s postcard advertising Val’s Taverne at 11 Chichester Terrace. The postcard has an interior shot of the bar with a woman standing in front of the bar, presumed to be Val. The room featured has been identified with the current occupant. Who was Val? Did she live at No.11? Does anyone know anything about the bar?