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  • Can anybody shed any light on an antiques shop in Portslade owned by someone whose surname was Koenig or King before World War I?  If so, please contact me on my email: graham.maskell1@ntlworld.com

    By Graham Maskell (28/09/2006)
  • I remember Boundary Road.  I used to work at Smith’s the hardware store, where the manager was Mr Richard Hudson.  Other people who worked there were Douglas Fry, Joan, and Robert. Other shops were Clark’s cake shop, there was also a tobacco shop, a baby shop, and a bank on the corner. Hope there is someone else who will remembers these stores. I now live in Australia.

    By Patricia Finneran (nee Morley) (07/10/2006)
  • About halfway down on the right side was a J Sainsbury shop. I started work there as a grocery boy in 1956 age 15. I lived in Patcham and cycled there and back every day, all weathers, an 11 mile round trip! My nickname was Buzz! Does anyone remember? I worked there untill I was 18 and then became a butcher and moved to 66 Weston Rd branch. I worked for J S for 12 years. In those days the food was fresh and full of flavour not like todays massed produced offerings.

    By Ralph Packham (09/05/2007)
  • Hello Ralph, Yes I remember Sainsbury’s shop with its very high counters and how they used to use the wooden butter pats to shape the butter. Joan, who I work with at mence smith, her husband was the manager there but I can’t remember their last name. Bellmans used to be on the same side and Fords fish shop. I live in Australia but have been back, boundary road ha changed to what it used to be. It was good to here from someone who used to work in Portslade.

    By Patricia Finneran (30/05/2007)
  • A wonderful view looking south down Station Road, Portslade, (to the right of the view), and Boundary Road, Hove, (to the left). The building on the left, on the corner of New Church Road and Boundary Road, was what would later become Barclays Bank and the shop in the foreground, with the name “Watts” on the canopy was, I believe, a greengrocers. During my childhood the shop next to it, also with the blind down, was Giggens the bakers (later to become part of Clarks the bakers). The strange structure just beyond this, on the corner of Franklin Road and Station Road, to the right of the picture, (a police box?) was outside of what, again in my time, was Huckle’s the furniture shop. Almost underneath the photographer, when he took this shot, was a twitten (a narow alleyway) that stiil leads to Vale Road and then on to the “cattle arch” under the railway line to Victoria Road, next to where the Ronuk factory used to be. This cattle arch was one of many erected when the railway was constructed to preserve ancient droveways from high on the downs to Shoreham Harbour. In the 1950’s I used to walk this route every day on my way to Benfield School. Up Boundary Road / Station Road from Seaford Road, through the twitten, under the cattle arch, past the Ronuk, and up Southdown Avenue. What memories.

    By Alan Phillips (24/09/2007)
  • I went to work in the chemist called Georges when I first left school. I worked with a girl called Anita who I believe went on to work at a later date for Miss Pecks’ chemist up at Hangleton. I got married in 1963 and moved away but have recently moved back into the area. Of course the shop is now longer there but I would be interested if anyone remembers it.

    By Sue Hansford (21/04/2008)
  • I remember Georges the chemist. It was actually on the Station Road side initially but later moved further up towards the station on the Boundary Road side, close to where Woolworths is. In its original location however, it was close to Fords fish and chips shop (now the Athina B) and may actually have been next door or next door but one to it. Slightly further up on the same side of the road was J Sainsbury’s, a car spares / cycle shop (from where my very first pair of jeans came), Bellmans the wool & clothing shop and Vine & Lee’s garage / filling station, where Tesco’s now stands. I also remember taking camera films to Georges and having to wait around a week for the developed photos to come back.

    By Alan Phillips (23/04/2008)
  • I remember Boundary Road and Mence Smith’s ironmongers. I used to go shopping with mum, go to Sainsbury’s, and the greengrocers get vinegar in as bottle.
    Then I remember Tescos opening, and yes Bellmans, mum used to get her wool there.
    Berry Willett the jewellers. My friend worked in the chemist, her name was Marion Cosham? I remember Miss Peck too, we always went there.
    The shoe shop Millwards? Great days.

    By Janet Dove nee Cattermull (07/11/2008)
  • Are you the Alan Philips that used to be friends with Fred Nicholas. I used to live at 51a Boundary Rd above the laundromat from ’67 till I left for America in ’72. Before that I lived on St Andrews Rd. Lots of memories from there. The Blue Anchor, The Station Pub. Bands paper shop

    By Vince McDonald (24/12/2008)
  • Hello Vince, you’ve got it in one! Fred, Nigel, John and I moved to a flat in Earls Court in 1972, before Fred and I moved in with Anne and Margaret (who you met on holiday in Jersey) in Shepherds Bush the following year. We all went on holiday together to Portugal in 1973 and I met a Portuguese girl who I married in 1974. We are still married with two daughters and twin grand-daughters. Fred married another Geordie girl who came on that holiday with us, and they also are still together.

    By Alan Phillips (08/01/2009)
  • Alan – I’ve just logged on to this site after four months (I forgot about it) and I can’t believe it’s actually you. I was in England last July with my wife and daughter and saw Anne, Margaret and Fred. I’ll have to call them up and tell them I heard from you. Actually your name came up in conversation. I asked if any of them knew what happened to you and they said no. Anyhow good to see you are still around. I live in western Massacheusetts in a small town called Lee. Been here for seventeen years after living in New York for twenty years. Keep in touch. Vince

    By Vince McDonald (23/04/2009)
  • Hello again Vince, right now I’m sitting in a hotel room in Yokohama, waiting to go home in a couple of days time, after four weeks working here. I’ll be back again in another week, for four more weeks though. It’s a tough life!
    My wife threw a surprise 60th birthday party for me at the end of January and, through my best man, managed to get in touch with Fred and his wife Jean. Unfortunately they couldn’t make it to the do but did come to our house the next day. What a surprise! I simply was not expecting that. It was the first time I’d seen them for around 33 years, with loads to talk about obviously. (I also found out that Fred is a year older than me by the way). I now also have addresses for both Margaret and Anne so plan to contact them soon. I haven’t seen them since a party at my best man’s place, also about 33 or 34 years ago. Are you planning to come back for a visit any time soon? If so, we must arrange something for us all to meet up somewhere, for a get together / meal / drink. Not necessarily in that order.

    By Alan Phillips (28/04/2009)
  • Hi Alan, Vince again. Called Margaret last week and told her I located you. You should call her, I’m sure she and the rest would love to hear from you. Vince

    By Vince McDonald (08/08/2009)
  • My Dad was manager of the Millwards shoe shop for the years 1960 to about 1971/2 and we lived over the shop. I can remember the old council offices being pulled down and Fine Fare being built.  I also remeber when they installed the zebra crossing. From 1966 when I left school, I started work at Vine and Lees garage as an apprentice mechanic, I stayed there untill 1971. Sometimes we would have to do petrol pump duty and spend time serving petrol from the pumps over the pavement. Other times we would be polishing cars in the showroom. We would usually buy our our lunch from bakers shop across the road from Vine and Lees.

    By Ken Barrington (28/11/2009)
  • I remember the old Co-op shop in Boundary Road during the 1950s / early 1960s, where the Post Office was later located, below the Church Road junction. However, I have been told that a second Co-op shop was later situated between Portland Road and the old Woolworth’s store until some time in the 1970s. Can anyone confirm this?

    By Alan Phillips (20/12/2009)
  • Hi Alan, I can confirm the Co-op was between Portland Road and Woolworths. My brother, Will Thompson worked there in that period of the 1970s and I also did a short stint in the same shop. When we were young we both worked part time at Powells the butchers on a Saturday, many moons ago, on the corner of Portland Road making pasties and cleaning etc.

    By Tony (anthony) Thompson (26/02/2010)
  • Can anyone remember the name of the music shop in Boundary Road that sold radios, record players and both single records as well as LP’s. It was slightly further up than Vine & Lees on the Station Road side and had a dentist above it. The two dentists who ran it were Mr Sidi and Mr Lewis. The latter subsequently moved to New Church Road after Mr Sidi died. There was a second record shop in Carlton Terrace, above the railway line on the Portslade side. I cannot remember the name of that shop either!

    By Alan Phillips (07/03/2010)
  • Does anyone know what used to be in place of Woolies/Iceland? Any help would be great thanks.

    By Ella Grace (23/03/2010)
  • Woolworths was in that location ever since I can remember in the early to mid 1950s.

    By Alan Phillips (30/03/2010)
  • Hi Alan, I think the name was Scotts, and the one in Carlton Terrace was Kemp and Turner. The daughter was Phylis Steele who married Pete Sayers (sadly now deceased).

    By Mike Horabin (02/04/2010)
  • I recall in the late 40s early 50s going shopping with my mum and brother and probably sister to Boundary Road, by a 15B bus from Mile Oak. We walked over the railway line to the laundry, which I think was next to a hardware shop, then down to the corner of Vale Road, a library. I think we visited Bellmans, the name rings a bell, and also between Vale Road and the laundry, an icecream shop, with a long counter, a dim memory now. Also wasn’t there a shoe store close by. The bus stop for Mile Oak was opposite a couple of small shops, and pub on corner. When we came from Mile Oak the bus stop was opposite a row of shops, and in front of one that later became John’s Cameras (John Coleman, with brother Paul) and Watch Repairs (Richard Bragg, my brother in law). It is amazing how ones mind can now picture so much of the “old days”. I know Woolworths was on Station Road side, I worked there, for a short time, in the late 50s.

    By Bonny Cother (23/05/2010)
  • I think I got Boundary Road and Station Road mixed up in my previous comment, re the laundry etc. When a child I never could get it straight, seems I have reverted to being mixed up again…sorry I believe the little cafe towards the bottom of Station Road was once called The Chocolate Box?

    By Bonny Cother (23/05/2010)
  • I remember Boundary Road so well – remember walking there from my home in New Church Road, and turning right, then right again to visit the dear old Rothbury Cinema with its unique smells. There was a funny little alleyway where there was a jewellers (I think it was called Mussels) and on the other side of the road a haberdashers (was it called Stace’s?). My parents bought their first car at Vine & Lees and looking at the Googled photos it does bring back memories. They actually were “good old days”.

    By Tony Keene (07/09/2010)
  • I worked at the Co-op in the early 80’s as a trainee under the guidance of Mr Liston and a German lady Elsa Beadle. I met my wife Anne Hardy who worked at George’s chemist. Does anyone remember the Co-op names I mentioned? I am after the name of a Joan who worked in the electrical department. Does anyone remember her? Also there was a Sue in the shoe department – she was about my age then 17/18. Any help would be appreciated as I am making a history of my work.

    By Mark Harland (07/10/2010)
  • Tony Keene, if you walked from New Church Road you would have simply crossed straight over Boundary and Station Roads and into Franklin Road, where the Rothbury Cinema used to be situated (more recently the site was the studios of Southern FM radio station). There would have been no reason to turn even once, left or right, let alone twice.

    By Alan Phillips (12/10/2010)
  • Does anyone remember Dells cafe at the bottom of Boundary Road? A crowd of us used to go there. Saturday nights was always the Rothbury Cinema ( whatever was on) The youth club we attended was ” The tin hut” on Fishersgate Green and we always went to the fair at Southwick. The other cafe we went to was the ” Anchor” down the lagoon. They were great days I would love to hear from anyone who was part of that crowd.

    By Sandy Taylor nee goldsmith (27/10/2010)
  • Hi Sandy, I don’t know if you were in the same crowd as me. There was a group of us who used to go to the same cafes as you. There was Maureen Lane, Douglas Fry, Stan Thompson who I married and quiet a few others. It would be nice if it was the same  group you are talking about

    By Beryl Thompson nee morley (30/10/2010)
  • Hi Beryl, thanks for replying. I don’t recognise any of the names you mentioned but the cafe was so small we must have run into each other. The names I remember from my crowd were: Brenda Cooper, Angie Hole, Bruce Townsend, Steve Borer. There were many more but I can’t bring all the names to mind. This would have been at the beginning of the sixties. I now live in Somerset. Best Wishes

    By Sandy Taylor nee goldsmith (11/11/2010)
  • Hi Sandy thank you for your reply it would have been in the late 50s we went there. I married in 61- I don’t seem to recognise the names you give. I used to live in East Street, Portslade just round the corner from the cafe. All the best

    By Beryl Thompson nee morley (12/11/2010)
  • I used to live around the corner in Portland Road. I worked as a paperboy at ‘Andrews’ the newsagents at the top of Boundary Road from 1964 until about 1968. The shop manager was Mr Gale a lovely chap who was always hyper active even at 6.30am. I went to school (Aldrington Cof E in Portland Rd) with Ken Barrington (earlier comment) whose dad was the manager at Milwards shoe shop in Station Road. I used to get bits of wood and screws from a little DIY merchant at the side, and behind Woolworths. Ken and I built ‘Soapboxes’ and plagued the life out of the pedestrians in the street. Was it Taylors Stores on the corner of Boundary Road and Portland Road? They sold all sorts of grocery stuffs if I remember correctly. I bought my first new car from Vine & Lee and can remember the petrol pumps which had tubes in a swinging frame so that the pedestrians could walk underneath while they were being used. Great memories, shame it’s not the same street any more.

    By Geoff Stevens (12/12/2010)
  • Does anyone remember the pie shop near Vogel’s bakery? Beanie pies out of this world!

    By Sue Blakeburn (30/01/2011)
  • Further to my earlier post of 31/3/2010, I have just read that the Woolworth & Co Ltd’s store on Boundary Road was in fact the company’s 1000th to open in the UK, on 22 May 1958. The article goes on the say; “In retrospect the opening marked the high point of the chain’s success. Profits hit an all-time high as the company’s stock stood second on the London Exchange.” How the mighty can fall.

    By Alan Phillips (15/06/2012)
  • Do anyone remember ‘Key Market’ on Station Rd where Tesco is? My Mother used to work there part-time on the tills in the late 70’s. Then you also had the KTM club on Franklin Rd for members working for KTM in Hollingbury. I also remember the home made ice cream shop on Boundary Rd (no-one else can make ice cream the way they did). I lived in Portslade from 1969 to 1999, now living in Ireland.

    By Julian Hayward (21/07/2012)
  • What has happened to all of the comments that were previous associated with each of these three photographs? The photographs lose some of their value without the comments left by people over the years.

    Editor’s note: If you click on each of the photographs they open in a new page which has the comments for that particular image attached to it. So breathe again Alan – they are not lost.

    By Alan Phillips (21/02/2013)
  • I worked in Bellmans wool shop in Station Road from 1963 to 69, Miss Kavanagh was the manageress. I started on the wool counter then ladies knitwear and later window dresser. Anyone who worked there know me? Was also friends with Jenny who worked in Woolies at that time. Friends I worked with were Brenda Lazarous, Sandy Pearman, Ann Spragg, Di Nye, Mrs Carter (ass manageress), Mrs Scotson. Anyone know me, please get in touch  sanscar_60@live.co.uk

    By Sandy Scarrott (23/05/2014)
  • To Sandy Taylor in 2010, Key Markets was on Station Road but higher up the block from the present position of Tesco’s. I have lived in Portslade since 1974 and seen many changes, the most notable being the loss of eight, yes eight local Public Houses, The Southern Cross the Gardeners Arms, the Cricketers Arms (changed to the Midway) the Fishersgate Inn, the Kings Head and the Cricketers opposite each other in Wellington Road, the Duke of Clarence and finally, one of the oldest, found on the first ordnance map of the area, the Halfway House. I have lived in Portslade since 1974 and from midway through 2008 I started a pictorial history of Boundary/Station Road and there have been many changes in that short time. 

    By Chris Bambrough (24/11/2014)
  • Within the last few weeks the Halfway House has been demolished. I think the plot may now be used for a block of flats.  Also looking back to the early 80s, the  pub was run by Margaret and Ray Smith, they had 2 daughters. Great fun was had by all on the fancy dress nights, and also “Blind Billy” was a good entertainer.  Many a happy evening was spent at the Halfway House.   Who might remember the cafe almost next door which we knew as “Greasy Lil’s”?
    I lived in Vale Road, my parents were Eve and Jack Pelham at No. 79.

    By Jean Gould (nee Pelham) (27/01/2015)
  • I also live in Hove/Portslade. I have been trying to locate the name of the ice cream shop that used to be in Boundary Road. I remember as a kid going there as a family treat. No one made ice cream the way they did! Someone needs to recreate it.

    By Rebecca (15/03/2015)
  • My dad used to own the half way house and I spent most of my youth and teenage years growing up on Boundary Road. I remember working in the Tesco’s on the deli counter, hiring the latest videos from the video rental shop near the bottom. I also remember working at the 7-eleven on the corner by the railway crossing and having my bike repaired at the bike shop on the other side of the railway crossing. There was a bric a brac shop at the very top on the left before the traffic lights. A second hand golf shop near the bottom that also sold other items but best of all was the homemade ice cream shop. Wow wow wow. It tasted the best and I have never tasted anything anywhere near as good as that ice cream. Whatever happened to it? Need it back. 

    By Stephen Booth (29/03/2015)
  • Been reading all the memories with great interest, as I grew up in the area too. I remember most, if not all, of the shops and businesses mentioned and more besides. I have some local street directories for various years and if there is interest, I will list some of the entries for Station and Boundary Road etc.

    By Helen Shipley (29/03/2015)
  • I used to live at the Chocolate Box on Boundary Road – does anyone remember it? We used to have the No.17 open-top buses stop at our place as we had a small cafe in the shop.

    By Kenny Vince (11/08/2016)
  • In the 1950’s / early 60’s the western terminus for the open-topped number 17 bus was outside the newsagents at number 10 Boundary Road, directly opposite The Blue Anchor pub in Station Road. The Chocolate Box was just a little further down the road, too close to the seafront junction for there to be a bus stop located there. The buses were in all cream livery and the service ran along the seafront to Rottingdean and back. Sometime later the terminus was relocated to outside Portslade Station.
    I believe that these may have been the only open-topped buses in the country for some years, and I also recall being told that was why most football teams that had won either the old 1st Division Championship or the FA Cup, were seen atop them parading through whatever area the team was from.

    By Alan Phillips (12/08/2016)
  • Sandwiched between the sites of the old Halfway House and Blue Anchor pubs near the bottom of Station Road is a short terrace of shops called “The Market”.  There is an attractive central archway entrance over Nos 85 and 86, which bears the date 1898, and “THE MARKET” signs on the first floor external walls at each end.  Does anyone have any details of what was there originally?

    By Alan Hobden (13/08/2016)
  • Hi Alan.  It sort of depends on when you mean – since it was built there have been small shops there.  Typically in 1920 there was a coal merchant, a hairdresser, a milliner, dining rooms and a harness maker.

    By Andy Grant (14/08/2016)
  • It is just over 5 and a half years since Geoff Stevens’ contribution and I hope he is still around and reading this page. I was also a paperboy at Andrews in Boundary Road.  I first started as a paper boy in 1949 at Cherry’s, still in Boundary Road on the “Hove” side but on the north side of the railway line. I was paid 7 shillings a week for morning deliveries – every day apart from Sundays. After a year, I was persuaded by two friends who were paper boys at Andrews to join them. I did so from 1950 to 1952 for the magnificent sum of 8 shillings a week!  I remember Mr. and Mrs. Gale who ran the shop then and agree that they were very nice people. One snowy week, I can’t remember the year, they gave us an extra shilling on our wages for turning up and delivering the papers despite the weather.  I am almost certain it was Taylor’s Store, a general groceries shop, on the corner of Boundary Road and Portland Road as my mum used to shop there from time to time.  Other contributors have written about a memorable ice cream shop in Boundary Road. I think, although I am not certain, that they may be referring to the one between Vale Road and the pub on the south side of the railway line on the opposite side to Portland Road. We used to call this the Milk Bar. We used to buy great milk shakes there as well as memorable ice cream when we could afford to.

    By David Robertson (14/08/2016)
  • Hi Andy. Thanks for your reply about The Market. By originally, I meant when first built, which was presumably around 1898. I would also be interested to know why it had been given that particular name.

    Regards, Alan.

    By Alan Hobden (17/08/2016)
  • The Portslade Ice Cream and Milk Bar.

    By Mike (18/08/2016)
  • I came to live in Boundary Road in 1958, when my mum took over Alfred Prior and renamed it Kenna. The shop stayed there until the 1980s when she moved to the Kingsway along from the King Alfred. We moved to Berriedale Avenue in the 1960s.

    By John Bridger (22/11/2016)
  • Technically it should be Boundary Road and Station Road. It has a different name on each side.

    By John Bridger (22/11/2016)
  • The ice cream shop referred to by David Robertson was indeed the milk bar, exactly where he speaks of. However, that was on Station Road not Boundary Road. The ice cream shop on Boundary Road, below the junction with New Church Road and was simply called “The Ice Cream Shop”. The original owner was Irish and he handed over the business to his son. 

    By Alan Phillips (24/11/2016)
  • I lived with my family in the 50s at 75 Boundary Road where my father ran a greengrocers named Red Hill Farms.  We had chickens in the garden so sold eggs as well.  He later turned the shop into a cafe called Debras Cafe.  Next door was a haberdashery shop run by the Stacey family.  My sister developed encephalitus at that time and Ivor Stacey also contracted what was a rare complication in those days soon after her. There was a dentist a few doors down from us at that time.  I don’t remember much else but would be pleased if anyone else remembered us. Our name was Dennis. 

    By Ann Eatwell (30/01/2017)
  • Hi. I remember, early 1960s,there used to be a misshaped sweet shop near to the pub, Station Road side, where my Mum bought the week’s sweets and chocs. We lived in north Portslade and I was quite young at the time.

    By Paul Herbert (20/06/2017)
  • Re The Chocolate Box. My great grandfather Charles Vince (I think Kenny Vince’s grandfather…see earlier post) had the shop until his death in 1956. I believe Kenny’s dad Edgar (Charles’ son) took it over. Definitely the 17’s terminated across the street and the crews would use the back room as a cafe. I remember playing on the empty buses and collecting old tickets. Not to be too picky but the shop was actually in Portslade on Station Road…….the boundary ran down the middle of the road and Boundary Road was in Hove.  

    By Terry Hatton (22/07/2017)
  • Does anyone remember Jarmans the curtain shop?

    By Jan (24/07/2017)
  • I used to work in the newsagent on the right-hand side going towards the beach, not far from the railway line. Can’t remember the name of it. I was probably around 14 or 15. It was a very busy place and it had a separate sweet counter also. It was next to a cake shop where I bought treacle tarts for my morning break! Nice memories ??

    By Brenda Tucker (27/07/2017)
  • Terry Hatton, If you see the photo on this site at http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__6527_img__9459.aspx it clearly shows where the number 17’s used to stop. On the Hove side, i.e. Boundary Road, just below Luff’s the bakers which was on the corner of Seaford Road, where I was brought up.

     

    By Alan phillips (19/12/2017)
  • For Alan Hobden;

    A belated response Alan I’m afraid, but there is a photo of John Eede Butt & Sons wharf, immediately to the south of the area of “The Market” which clearly shows what appear to be market stalls on the roadway between the now demolished Half Way House and the Blue Anchor pubs. The link below will take you to the site and you will need to scroll down to see the area / photo in question. I assume this photo shows what was The Market of years gone by and even though I was born (1949) and brought up in this part of Portslade during the 1950s I do not recall any of my family speaking of a market having been there previously.

    http://portsladehistory.blogspot.com/2018/02/wellington-road-portslade.html

    By Alan Phillips (28/10/2018)

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