Bond Street in the 1960s

Developed in the second half of the eighteenth century, Bond Street was the first road built northwards from North Street. The town commissioners renamed it New Street in May 1794, but it reverted to its original name when the New Road opened nearby in 1805.

The first photograph shows numbers 12 and 13 which were originally two private houses; they were the offices of the Corporation Water department for more than a century. Aird & Co is number 14.

Do you remember Bond Street in the 1960/70s? What other shops do you remember? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

Bond Street showing Aird & Co at number 14; c1967
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection
Bond Street photographed in 2012
Photo by Tony Mould

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  • I used to go to Bond Street quite a lot in the 60s. I bought all my studs from Friends leather shop, they were for my leather jacket. I’ve still got it with most of the studs etc on it. I was a Rocker of course & still biking at 63!  Don’t wear my jacket now as bike clothing has moved on – and so have I.

    By Anne Newman (27/09/2012)
  • I too used to visit Bond Street in the 60s. I am amazed to see that Aird & Co are still doing business. A wonderful tool shop that sold an amazing stock of professional scissors; I can remember buying a pair of left-handed scissors (no joke, try using a pair) and they were always willing to reset and sharpen them. A wonderful shop.

    By Ron Burtenshaw (28/09/2012)
  • I remember that John King Films Camera shop was either next door or close to Aird’s (they also had a shop in (Little) East Street. When I first started work as an trainee accountant, we used to visit the shop to audit the books.

    By Martin White (29/09/2012)
  • There was another camera and film shop called, I think, Cameron Yorke. Don’t know if my spelling is correct on this, it was a long time ago.

    By Dennis Fielder (29/09/2012)
  • Quite correct Dennis, I bought my first SLR camera there, one of the first Practika’s.

    By Barrie Searle (02/10/2012)
  • Another thing I remember is that Airds had another very small shop at one time in Ship Street facing the Post Office, I think they then moved to the bigger shop in Bond street, its hard to remember exactly as its over 50 yrs ago. I used to go to Meads a lot as a kid as my stepfather was a bit of a totter and bought and sold stuff at the auction rooms

    By Dennis Fielder (03/10/2012)
  • My great grandmother, Elizabeth Ottaway lived at 7 Bond St. with her parents and siblings during the 1860s and her parents stayed there until about 1881. Her father, Walter, was a tailor, not sure if the business was run from the home. Attached photo is of 7 Bond St. when it was Bagel Bakery, don’t know when this was taken as it was forwarded to me. Not sure if I’d want to buy my bagels there, but maybe I’m misjudging it!

    By Wendy Ward (27/10/2012)
  • 12 Bond Street until 1967 was the Water Works HQ. My grandparents, Arthur and Agnes Peters, with daughters Mary, Florence and Patricia, lived in a house within the grounds.

    By Wayne Claridge (17/08/2013)
  • I have a boutique at 23 Bond Street, I know the shop before me was a costume jewellery shop. The building is very interesting with many original features. I’d love to see some old images of the building and any history or memories of previous businesses. Can anyone help? Thanks

    By Linda Johnson (17/09/2014)
  • Hi Jennifer, it’s amazing to see Bond Street in the sixties.

    By Sharon (04/03/2017)
  • I first started work in 1958 for W H Fellingham and sons Heating and plumbing engineers at number 8 Bond Street opposite the stage door of the Theatre Royal at a time when you were able to park cars and motor bikes anywhere with no restrictions.The company moved to Richardson Road Hove in later years and unfortunately ceased trading in the middle eighties.In their heyday they carried out works for most of the stores Hanningtons Vokins etc now all gone and the banks in North Street and of course all over Sussex.Brian Clark

    By Brian Clark (23/07/2017)
  • When we were children in the 1950s, we went to church in Bond Street, at Bond Street Salem chapel with Pastor Carter and a man we called Uncle Ted.

    By Wendy Hall (08/11/2017)
  • Does anyone remember Kays Café at 21 Bond Street next-door to the William the Fourth pub? My grandfather Percival Roy owned and ran it from about 1950 to 1962. Some one must remember him. He took it on as a retirement business but it became so busy half the family had to work to help out. He used to get many customers from the theatre round the corner. I remember him selling many meat and two veg dinners. I have a picture from about 1960 I will post in when I find it.

    By Laurence Roy (16/12/2017)
  • I worked in John King (Films) Ltd Camera shop in the early 1970s. The manager was a lovely guy called Don Tombs. I still have fond memories of that time. We used to get well known actors from the Theatre Royal coming in the shop sometimes as well as “characters” from the streets to the north.

    By Robert Lincoln (19/07/2018)
  • I bought my first 0 – 1″ micrometer at Airds in 1964 and i’ve still got it.

    By Geoffrey Lindfield (05/03/2019)

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