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Photographed in March 1957

Artillery Street
Image reproduced with kind permission from Brighton and Hove in Pictures by Brighton and Hove City Council

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  • Does anyone have any memories of the Bonnot family/families living in Artillery Street from the late 1930’s until the residents were moved out as part of the slum clearance in the mid 50’s?

    By Sarah Green (23/09/2007)
  • My family moved into number 25 Artillery Street at the end of 1956 until some time in 1957. It was unknown to us, a condemned property. My uncle worked in Tamplin’s brewery at the bottom of the street, his mother, Mrs Clewes, lived in the next street: Canon Place or Road.

    By Richard Norman (09/05/2009)
  • Re the comment by Richard Norman – I remember Mrs Clews. I lived in Cannon Street. What was your Uncle’s name, Norman?

    By Elizabeth (Bertha) Byrne (25/04/2010)
  • I remember the Bonnot family from when I lived on the corner of Artillery / Cannon Street. I was friends with Jeanette Bonnot and I remember going to her house to watch TV (Elvis was all the rage), at that time they were the only family to have a television that I knew of. Jeanette lived with her mum and sister at the top of Artillery Street, her dad, Mr Bonnot, lived a few doors away from me at the bottom of the street. I lost contact with all my friends when famlies were relocated to different parts of Brighton in the 1950s, when all the local area was demolished to make way for the Churchill Square develoment.

    By Bette Lade (nee Keefe) (27/08/2010)
  • To Elizabeth Byrne. Mrs Clewes’ son was Bill Clewes, he was a commando during the war, after his training in Scotland. It was there he met my mother’s sister, Marie. Their son Lawrence (known as Mac) lives in Telscombe Cliffs.

    By Richard Norman (09/01/2011)
  • I worked with Bill Clewes at Tamplins Brewery 1963 to 1964. I was his drivers mate on vehicle 45. He then lived at Denton Drive, he was great fun, he had worked at the brewery for many years on inside jobs and it was his first year as a driver. He told me he had been an unarmed combat instructer in the war, he used to wear a SAS badge in his lapel. He smoked senior service or players cigarets, we used to have drinking competitions together, which he always won. Once on a delivery to the Quadrant Pub in Queens Rd, opposite the Regent he dropped a wooden barrel (a firkin = 9 gallon) it rolled down Queens Rd, passed the clock tower and ended up in Horne’s doorway at the top of North St, cars and people going in all directions trying to aviod it. It was one of the funniest things I ever saw. Many years later I went to Denton Drive to look him up but was told he had moved on and later died. I only worked with him a year and it was one of the best years of my life. Every Friday we had a pint of mussels at the shellfish shop in Church St and after work a pint or three in the Free Butts outside the brewery. God bless you Bill for all the happy days we had.

    By Terry Hyde (31/08/2011)
  • Bette Lade nee Keefe, are you related to Shirley Keefe? I lived at 2 Artillery Street and knew Shirley, my dad worked in the brewery. I was Margaret Collins then.

    By Margaret Hammond (30/04/2013)
  • My great great great grandparents James and Jane Pullinger lived at 19 Artillerty Street in 1891, and were still there in 1901. They moved round the corner to 6 Upper Russell Street by 1911. My ggg grandmother was a boarding house keeper with five boarders, four of whom were chauffeurs and one was a mechanic. Does anyone know if there was some sort of car/ garage business there?

    By Jane Dobson (18/04/2014)
  • Hi Margaret, l do remember you and your lovely dad Frank. My cousin Betty and myself lived with Nan and Grandad Jack Keefe and my mum Pat at 30 Cannon Street. Of course I should have said at the beginning my name was Shirley Keefe. I  love to remember the lovely days spent on the street with Paul Palmer doing his funny show and just being silly. Good days but poor. Love to hear from you as I have just found out how to use this site.

    By Shirley Baker (nee Keefe) (04/04/2016)
  • The Brighton Punch and Judy man, Professor Carcass, along with his family, lived at 17 Artillery Street. He was certainly living there in the 1930’s as his booth advertised the fact.

    By Mark Griffin (11/08/2017)
  • Hello, does anyone remember Betty Yeates? She lived at 16 Artillery St (at least she thinks it was 16 lol) from 1930s until the early 40s. We’re reminiscing and would love to hear from anyone who remembers her or her family.

    By Julie (10/03/2020)
  • Elizabeth, known as Kit Bonnot was my maternal grandmother, I know that she ran a B&B in Artillery Street, I came across one of her menus recently while clearing out the loft, my grandfather Francois Bonnot also lived in Artillery Street, he was a fisherman, he had an accident and severely injured his leg that restricted his movement, he used his fishing boat for pleasure trips off Brighton beach during the summer, my mother accompanied him, sadly he died young when I was around a year old, so I have no memories of him My gran Kit died in the 80s,she had many friends and was a great character and a wonderful artist.

    By Stephen (03/04/2021)
  • Hello,

    I’m an American from Nashville Tennessee. My Great Grandmother Sarah Budgen and her mother Hannah my great great grandmother and family lived on 32 Artillery street. I visited Brighton and saw where they were baptized and married at St. Paul’s. What current street name was Artillery street? Or does that actual street not exist because it’s where Churchhill square is?

    I loved visiting Brighton. My family the Budgen’s go back to the 1600’s in Brighton.

    By Michael Roberts (02/06/2022)

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