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Clive, I remember you. Could you email me? Howard@mesmermusic.com
My great grandmother also ran the Spotted Dog ! But that was in the ‘30s when my great grandfather, Harry Bowley, held the licence. She also had a reputation as a no-nonsense landlady. I had similar conversations with my grandmother about living above the pub (maybe even born above it) and the characters she got to know. As a kid I didn’t understand why her male friends had names like ‘Dolly’, but its obvious now !
Just found my late father’s army record book (Albert Bryant). His employment is given as ‘No.2 40mm Bofors LAA. He was a Brightonion but not clear where he served but for medical reasons he was C2, so never went overseas.
Ooops, I made a mistake! Sorry, Derrek Smith your nick-name was not Fishy, I got mixed up with another pupil who lived over a fish and chip shop in Lewes Road. You lived off Lewes road above Allen West, can’t remember your street, though I have been there. You had a sister Dot, as I remember. Linda Thaddeus, we do have a few things in common: Stanmer pupils, your friend Maz Carpenter (she is my sister-in-law, I married Jeannette Carpenter in 1966, we are still together), and my son Steve works at Tsawassen Mills, Vancouver. How about that! I was a prefect in 1961, the only other prefect that I remember was Rae Sharpe. I lived in Wolseley Road, number 86. Ron Baker, was your mum Belgian?? It would be nice to hear from any old pupils of ‘61. Micheal Glew firstname.lastname@example.org
It must have been around 1965 when some mates took me into the Zodiac. The guy who ran it was, I think, called Ken but can’t remember his wife’s name. If you needed the loo you had to go over to the coach station in Manchester St It was a mod coffee bar so always Lambrettas and Vespas outside (including mine). Bank holidays weekend it was always full of Mods from out of town trying to beg money for petrol to get home. The pinball machine was Kings & Queens which are worth a fortune now. The songs on the Wurlitzer lyric jukebox that I can remember were Keep on Running by Spencer Davies, the Rolling Stones’ Numbers and pushing buttons C3 played What Becomes of the Broken-hearted by Jimmy Ruffin. I brought what I think was the same juke box off the hire company for £70 and sold it years later for £1000.
I remember Dorset Gardens, they were the posh part of the area I lived, next to Mighell Street. At the end of Dorset Gardens was a building known as the Golden Arrow hotel, in later years it was made into flats that were less than posh.
Hello Peter & all the other guys who have contributed to this page. I have just come across it purely by accident. I hope some of you managed to meet up back in 2018. I haven’t been to Brighton for about 12 years. After spending many years on a drawing board followed by a few more on CAD designing all manner of electro-mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic equipment, I am now happily retired in a quiet corner of the New Forest.
I have an old brass Johnson Stores, Tea and Coffee specialists, High class groceries, Wine and spirit merchants, Ryde Esp. Phone 182, shop stamper! I bought it in a charity shop a long time ago.
John Kelly, can’t believe you remember me from the Winter Gardens. That must have been circa 1965. Good to see you still have a great memory. Hope you are well. Apart from the Mermaid Hotel, I lived in St. Michael’s Place in the back room of a basement flat at the top end of the road. The girl in the front room had a child, she was a friend of Dublin. Does anybody know her name or what happened to her?
Not sure if this helps, but The Sussex in East St is a considerable distance from the Tamplins Brewery, which was behind Richmond Terrace opposite The Level. I am not sure where the yard referred to would have been as East St, then, was mainly up-market shops and restaurants. Certainly when brewing, there was a strong hop smell across much of the central valley, but I do not think it would have gone as far as East St as the prevailing SW wind would have drifted it to the NE of the town.
Hello Mick, yes to both.
No Geoffrey, the demolished CVA/K&T No 2 Factory adjacent to Crowhurst Road (built c. 1950) became the Argus offices about 1990, but not the Print Room. The Argus acquired the 1967 No 8 Factory at the same time and installed huge printing press in that factory which was behind the No 2 Factory. If its any help to you have a look at the 1948 map here: https://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/places/placestree/hollingbury-industrial-estate/hollingbury-industrial-estate
The No 2 Factory (built c. 1950’s) now demolished for the Jaguar showroom, was on the spot marked AVAILABLE, the 1967 factory was built adjacent to the south, on the area shown as PROPOSED PLAYING FIELDS.
If you look now on Google Maps, the 1967 factory is still there (although roof much altered to allow for the height of the huge Argus press) wedged between Bestway to the East and Argos/Next to the West. I hope this helps!
I worked in Expantion Records in 69 and 70. And I was chef, waiter, bouncer in the hippie cafe down the alley to the right in the evenings. I was the coolest guy in town. Ian Muzio and Carla owned the cafe. Mike owned the record shop. Forget his surname. They were buddies. Mike was an interesting guy. An ideas man. Formed a band that was two bands in one. Two of everything. Sort of duelling rock bands on stage. Not a happening thing😋. Jeez, happy, happy memories.
When I was very young I often stayed with my Aunt and Uncle who owned The Sussex in East Street Brighton. I can clearly remember how that end of the street always had a strong smell of beer or hops, something very strong anyway, and every morning we would hear the drays and horses leaving from a yard just opposite the pub. Nobody else remembers this now. Please can anyone tell me if this was Tamplins, or what it was? It would have been about 1934 to about 1939 I think. I should be so happy to have any information, thank you!
I am not certain if this is about the same building, but the former Argus office and print area mentioned above has been demolished and is now under re-construction for a Jaguar Land Rover distributor.
Comment for John Hutchins: I was taught by Miss Ashton, mid ‘60s. I was born in 1957.
Mr Howard, many, many thanks for your response to my posting of over ten years ago! Obviously you can’t have known Barney so how did you come by this information after all this time, as my enquiries elsewhere have revealed nothing. The only query now is why was he called ‘Ma’ Barney? As that is what he signed the photo as. I can now put the correct information on the back of the photo for the future and another bit of Brighton history and a mystery solved for the archive. Once again thanks, and my best regards to you. Tim Sargeant. (Tim (at) Permanden Co UK)
Hi Pat (Trinder), just found this site. I was in the same class as you at Lourdes Convent, do you remember?
We have a framed picture of the diorama that was found in an old flat we rented. It is the same as the one pictured on this site. Where would this have been obtained, please?
Was at QP from ‘52 until ‘55. I was the third brother to attend. Great memories of Harry and Graham and Norman Christie. I also remember Margaret Forsyth and Elsie Stobo and Ginty. Left Glasgow at age 17 to go see the world. Live in Australia now. 80 this year – anybody still alive???
This handbill is of interest to me because my grandfather – Horace Robbins – was elected to the town council in the Hanover Ward in the November of the previous year. Like Mr Hussey, he was a trade unionist, a keen supporter of education and a resident of Moulescoomb (Ringmer Road). I think we can say that they would have been allies and quite possibly friends. The bill gives an indication of the sort of material that might have circulated at the previous election. I am not sure whether my grandfather was associated with the co-op, although my father and his brother did later work there – perhaps Martin Groombridge would be kind enough to look in the book he refers to and see if Horace is mentioned?
Would Kelvin Turner who put a comment on here in 2010 about his father Bill Turner who played trumpet with the Sid Dean band like to make contact with me on email@example.com I may be able to give him information. I am researching Bill’s ancestry for a member of his family.
Anyone remember Pauline Turvey? I went to Varndean with her.
I believe this to be Councillor T Hussey who was also a director (secretary of Management Committee) of the Brighton Equitable Co-operative Society and keen educator of the working class movement. I’d like to know more. Have read of him in ‘Brightons Co-operative Advance 1828 – 1938’ by W Henry Brown.
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