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I live in Old Mill Close. In the late 80’s a taxis driver asked if I knew where the Mill House was. His passenger was a very old lady who said that she used to live in the house as a young girl and was the millers daughter. I directed the driver to the appropriate area.
I do so remember Francis who stood up and sang Over The Sea To Skye on our first day at the Sacred Heart Convent in The Upper Drive in the 1950s. She sang it so beautifully the whole class fell silent. I met up with Francis briefly when she was working at Marroccos then Fortes on Hove esplanade – it was so lovely to see her again. Francis – did you ever proceed with your beautiful voice which held a whole classload of pupils spellbound that day in the fifties? I to this day remember so well how we all were silenced as you sang. Katherine Jenkins – eat your heart out. JILLIAN.
I lived in no. 32 Highcroft Villas from 1966-76 and the main line from Hove to London ran beneath our flat and the first night we heard this rumble and thought it was an earthquake. The Army drill hall grounds backed onto us and was in use most nights. Lovely memories.
Hello, according to Wiki Ben Sherman opened his first shirt factory at 21 Bedford Square Brighton in 1963. Does anyone have any info or photos? The Bedford Square Garden Project and Friends of Bedford Square would like to find out more and possibly put up a blue plaque. Thank you.
There is a good deal of information on the Sugarman family in the book ‘My Favourite Shirt: a history of Ben Sherman style’ by Paolo Hewitt & Terry Rawlings, 2004. Nothing about Jack though. In that book it states: “Arthur Sugarman…his parents owned a shop called Rocko’s Fancy Goods which was situated close to Brighton train station…”.
Kelly’s directory 1968 has ‘Mrs Bessie Sugarman , confectioner 60 Queens Rd.’
David, I worked at the Bellmans London Road store in the late 60’s, but cannot recall any toy department. However there is a Bellmans Transport company – but they are based in Sweden! Don’t know if that’s of any help.