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Alfred John Smith: wholesale grocer
This photograph dated 1938, shows my grandfather Alfred John Smith, who was a wholesale grocer, together with his staff in ...
Alfred Waggett: A craftsman
A resident of Clarence Street, Alfred James Waggett (1842-1919) was an artist of unequalled talent in the area of ivory carving. ...
Bill Axcell: 'The Glass Animal Man'
This wonderful photo of Bill Axcell at work in his shop was sent in by Ron Charlton. It possibly was ...
Black Rock Bakery
This undated photograph is of my great grandfather, Charles Webster Souch who owned Black Rock Bakery and lived on the ...
Brighton Messenger Boys' outing 1956
Click on the photograph to open a large image in a new window. Based in Ship Street The messenger boys were based ...
Brighton milkman 1979: Part I
Differences in milk rounds I was a PhD student at the University of Sussex from 1975-7 then briefly a Cooperative milkman. ...
Brighton milkman 1979: Part II
Dream of a round Of all the milk rounds I did, the 110 round was a dream! I think Spud from ...
David Hooker: local chimney sweep
My paternal granddad David Hooker was the local chimney sweep in Hove for many years. My grandparents were living in Cowper ...
Davis Family Butchers
Butcher shops between the wars My family ran several butcher shops in Brighton between the wars. My grandfather Frederick Charles Davis ...
George Collins & Son
Granddad known as ‘Pop’ The article on Brighton shop fronts published earlier in the year, made me look at my family bits ...
George Lade: well known local shopkeeper
Joined Royal Sussex Regiment in 1914 My paternal grandfather George Lade was born in Hailsham, Sussex but after marrying Kate Yates ...
Giuseppe Faccini:Brighton asphalter
My husband’s grandfather, Giuseppe Faccini, came to England in 1920. He walked from Northern Italy, working his way through France. He ...
Harry Albert Collings: Master Fishmonger & Poulterer
Born in 1874 Harry Albert Collings, (1874-1960) is shown on the right in the photo. My grandfather Harry was Brighton born ...
Harry Upward 1908-1944
The first photograph above was taken on Portslade Recreation Ground, and shows my Dad’s (Harry Upward, seated 2nd from right) ...
Jaycee apprentices outing c1957
Jaycee Apprentices c1957 on an instructional outing to Cowdrey Park, from the Brighton College of Arts & Crafts. We were ...
John Hamlin: Military Tailor
Whilst my firm were carrying out work on part of the Vokin’s shop in East Street some years ago, a ...
John Hollingdale: Brighton sailmaker
My great grandfather, John Hollingdale, (seated left in photo) was a sailmaker and had his yard in Brighton. Family legend ...
Light & Son: Master Tailors
Business established c1850 My GG Grandfather James Light set up his tailoring business in about 1850. He was definitely recorded as ...
Maurice Raff: well known market stall holder
An extraordinary man I am Maurice Raff’s only surviving child. My Father was an extraordinary man, highly intelligent, wonderful sense of ...
Percy Banham: wheelwright
Peering in at the old cars Does anybody remember Percy Banham’s wheelwright shop in Cheapside? The shop was on the left ...
Snell's Dining Rooms in the 1920s
My grandparents moved to Brighton in the early 1900s and settled in the Church Street area. My late dad went ...
This greengrocers was we believe located south of Western Road, the road being demolished in the original redevelopment for Churchill Square. The ...
The Falmer village blacksmith
I wonder if anyone remembers my grandfather, Albert Slarks, who was the Falmer village blacksmith for many years. I have ...
The first petrol pumps in Brighton
This photograph shows the Clarence Garage opposite St Mark’s Church circa 1920. In this garage my grandfather had the first petrol pumps ...
Businessmen and entrepreneurs
Amon and Amon Henry Wilds
Sir Harry Preston
Thomas Read Kemp
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