Once upon a time in Arundel St
I used to live in Arundel Street, No.1 Madeira Mansions – now the site of Corsells – a 40 year old block of flats, now right opposite what was the French Convalescent Home.
The other side of Madeira Mansions was Boundary Road, this being the borough boundary of Brighton and Rottingdean (you know, where those gas holders are!). The next road up was Rifle Butt Road. In this little road was Stephens the bakers and GJ King the builders. Their claim to fame must have been the renovation of the Royal Pavilion. There was also a Quakers’ burial ground and also a chapel of the Salvation Army. As kids, we used to go here sometimes on a Sunday to get out of mum’s way.
Allotments, recording studios and toilets
Behind all this was a derelict Marine Gate. The northern end was all allotments, now the site of Roedean Fire Station. On the other side of the junction going west was an electricity sub station and behind this was a rough road with a public toilet (now, I believe, called Strummers, a recording studio). Just along from this was a blacksmiths and as a kid I used to watch the smithy shoe the horses.