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I had a furniture business in the 70s. On saturday I would set of to Southampton delivering on the way chairs we had made. The trick was to get back to the bakers before they shut at 2.00 for the weekend, on the way back I would buy potatoes or fruit and veg from road vendors (life was fun) If I got back to Clarks in time, I could take what I wanted for a donation to the workers. For five shillings, (25p) I had bread, buns, profiteroles, cakes etc that would have been taken by the piggeries, and lasted my family for near a week.
I am Surprised to see the photo. I as a 14/15 year old worked there for a while until my proper job became available in 1953. I worked there for about 8 weeks, and only got the job because my aunt Stella, was “in the know” she owned a dress and coat making shop opposite at no 153, called “Estelle” , The road was in 1948/9 made of Tar bricks, when it was rebuilt, I use to scavenge the bricks to sell for people with coal fires. “health and safety” ? had not been invented.
Lisa, Brighton & Hove council have a dedicated department for burial grounds. I found them most helpful, with exact plot numbers and sending a little map to aid you. They had a direct phone line of 01273 604020. Failing that, ask the main switchboard who should know any more recent number. Good luck, Roger.
Hi Penny Hajduk, I am at the second desk back on the left I can’t believe this is a picture of the class it brings back a lot of memories, the boy sitting on the right next to me is Steven Ashing my name is Kevin Dirrane, thank you for the memory.
To John Garoghan, I remember some of the teachers as I went to the school the same years as you. Ii was in Mr Averys class as well. I do remember Mr Feeley he also told me I would not amount to anything, he got that wrong as well but I was not the best behaved pupil but life has been good and school memories are great I don’t know if you remember me my name is Kevin Dirrane.
Maureen Noble (06/09/2010) posted a question about her grandmother, the actress Isabel Norman. I’m a theatre historian researching her career and that of various others. Please contact me. Was her name a stage name or her family name?
I’m trying to find my uncles grave stone but have limited information how could I find out if it is still where I have been told it is as details I have are drive in park at the 1st litter bin and seat and he is in the row in front towards the sea?
Hi: I attended The Knowll School for Boys between 1956 and 1959. At the time Mr Dellar was the headmaster. Can anyone tell me what indiscretions this awful man was accused of? And was he ever prosecuted or the scandal published in the local newspaper?
I remember Steve from when we were at Balfour Road primary school. I was in our athletics team at the time and after practice, the teacher (Mr Jackson I think) used to have us race with the younger children. I remember being really pushed by this boy who was 2 years younger than me. I remember thinking “wow this guy is fast!”. Our paths crossed again at Varndean Grammar school. He broke a record I had set for the 200 metres. After some success as a high jumper we left for Australia and I didn’t hear about Steve again until the rest of the World knew of his successes.
I remember jacks stage, so many happy memories spent with my aunt Audrey in Kemp Town sadly missed.
I am in this picture as the third boy from the right with my back to the wall, looking like a ‘nice’, tall, round-faced boy. I was best friends with Brian Bostock when I was there. I believe that the trip was a trip to the Chessington Zoo. We all had to research in the Brighton Junior Library the places that we would pass through. It was for a leaflet that we each got on the trip to make it more interesting.
I was at the convent as a boarder from 1960 for 10 years then to Barnet when it closed down. Would love to put my memories on the page. How do I do that?
I am Ray Bowley son of Charlie Bowley mentioned in the first article. As well as working on the triumphs and tractors my father was interested in horses as he had started as a groom with his father when he left school. Bill Cannell had a daughter called Mary Anne who used ride her horses in point to point races . Some weekends my father used to use a land rover to take Mary Anne along with my mother and myself to the meetings. Bill also used to turn up and I got to know him quite well, great man! When I was around 12/14 I used to visit the garage on a Saturday morning because I was interested in the cars and also get a lift home. One day Bill came in driving his brand new metallic cherry red roller which had been on the farm ,he saw me and asked if I would clean it for him in the wash bay. Instead of driving it in himself he gave me the keys and made me wait until he had got to the garage door. He then waved me in, as I drove in he called my father. I will never forget the look of astonishment on my fathers face whilst Bill was doubled up with laughter .Happy days.
I remember April 1963 very clearly. We were living in the Lewes Road Barracks, and my heavily pregnant wife Liz had great difficulty getting around with our two year old daughter Mandy. It was quite dangerous as the snow seemed to be there forever.
Our Philip arrived on 11 April 1963 which was both a great relief and a joy. He was 58 yesterday, which shows how time flies. I was born in Stanford Road in March 1937, and was serving in the Royal Army Pay Corps in 1963.
Jack Taylor was my neighbour when I was a boy. He lived at 12 Montpellier Place. I remember a lot of African souvenirs in his house (fascinated me as a kid) so I guess he had travelled a fair bit. Typical look of a bearded seafarer. Nice guy.
Does anyone remember the sweet shop at the top of station road? It used to smell of tobacco and the sweets were out of date.
To Lisa Snashall: We share the same Ancestor Spencer Mugridge, but I’m intrigued to find out how you ended up with the Surname Snashall, as I too have this surname. I am the granddaughter of Charley and Louisa Snashall ( nee Mugridge).
It was the Bucaneer pub which was an old pub with a piano but the punks & skinheads took it over. The landlord threw the piano out and got a juke box.space invaders, and pool tables etc, and the older drinkers left. This all happened in 1979.
The captions on the right of the image are somewhat confusing as Norfolk Buildings ,off Sillwood Street and Norfolk Mews off Norfolk Street are not the same thing. Both were dealing with horse transport, but in different places! They back onto one another but there is no way between them. The Kelly’s 1914 shows for Norfolk Buildings both a Job Master at #4 and at #7 a shoeing smith. Norfolk Mews has Thomas P. Allen livery stables.
Hi Josie I am related to the Gunns, and most of the other fishing families and would love a copy of this great photograph. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Sue Haigh.
Hi Keith Thatcher ! I’ve chatted with your cousin Roy on the Stanmer School facebook page & Linda is there too. I have a photo of our class on there with us all in & I am still best mates with Paul Halestrap. I remember you & Roy P & Stephen Leaney from Ashurst Road – I was in Coldean Lane & my mum is still there in the family home – might drop you an email !
Can anyone help with the email address for the correct person ( the one listed just bounces back) I am after Information on my late father Spike Bremner who played for the team many years ago.
If anyone has any info also I’d be very grateful.
Blackman Greengrocers was run by my grandparents! John and Ada.
Jane,sorry but it is highly unlikely that the place is in any way connected to Tom Sayers. According to ‘Place Names Of Sussex’ by Judith Glover, the place name is derived from it being connected to Walter le Saghier of Poynings .
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