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Photographed c1930s

Photo of Claremont Row
Image reproduced with permission from Brighton History Centre

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  • The shop on the corner of Claremont Row was the James family grocers and dairy. The small girl looking towards Richmond Street school is Connie Dowd nee James, who was waiting for her brother to return from school. The school stretched along the whole of Claremont Row with the boys’ school at the Richmond Street end and the girls’ school at the Sussex Street end. When I interviewed her for the Hanover book she was amazed to see this picture, as she hadn’t realised it had been taken.

    By Jacqueline Pollard (18/04/2005)
  • In the 1891 census, my second great grandfather, William Smith, lived at 29 Claremont Row with his wife, Ada, and children and also his mother-in-law Sarah Muzzle (nee Pickard).

    By Maralyn Eden (26/02/2007)
  • Maralyn, I am trying to find something about my ancesters. I have just received a birth certificate for my father, he was born on the 27th December 1899 at No. 22 Claremont Row, as he was killed on the 4th September 1940 I never saw my grandparents again. I am now fascinated in what I would have missed. My father was one of two children, Frederick Arthur Mariner Jnr. Pither, born in 1892, and my father Thomas Alfred Pither was born in 1899. If it is of any help to you I now know that my grandfather was Frederick Arthur Mariner Pither, and my grandmother was Emma Pither. I have this information as I have joined Genes Reunited.  (Amended on 6/8/2007)

    By Arthur Thomas Pither (02/08/2007)
  • I married my husband Allan Pither 50 years ago. His dad was Henry Pither. I think he had a brother who lived in Kemptown otherwise my Allan has no relatives other than our children that he knows of.

    By Teresa Pither (27/11/2007)
  • Connie Dowds was my fathers, brother’s wife. My father was Paddy Dowds, if anyone remembers him, a lovely irish man. Connie lived in Sussex Terrace for a long time.

    By Bridget (08/04/2008)
  • I went to this school in Richmond St starting around 1948/49. All I can remember are prefabs opposite. I imagine these houses were demolished in the 30s. Also right down the other school end, we took domestic science on a Wednesday afternoon in the fifties. After lunch we made our own way there from Elm Grove Secondary Modern School for Girls and used to take advantage of being away from the stern Miss Butler headteacher for the afternoon and wear high heels and vaseline for lip gloss, both banned at Elm Grove!

    By Jacqueline Thomas/Parker nee Jones (08/05/2013)
  • Interesting photo. My mum was born in No 30, in 1916. I was born at No 45 Cambridge St. Started at that school in 1949/50. I do remember some names of Sussex Terrace: Coats, Novis, (Ricky still lives there) and my relations the D’Agostinos. From memory Bridget, you had two brothers who were good boxers. There is also a photo of a my class of 1950 on this website, added by Trevor Duplock. When Cambridge St was demolished we were move to Woodingdean and I’m still here. Anyone want to get in touch you can find me on Google.

    By Geoff Wells (28/08/2016)
  • As a young boy, I spent a lot of time in this area – visiting Prissy of the James family (Gran) and Chum (2nd husband of Prissy). Disorder in the family was quashed by Prissy chasing around with a cast-iron frying pan or a rolling-pin. My father was Ron James dec. 1996 and mum Jean, who lives in Hollingdean. I well remember hearty singing parties with Paddy and Connie Dowds (auntie).

    By Clifford James (25/03/2018)
  • I have a photo of pretty much the same view in my collection but taken about 30 years earlier when my ancestors ran the corner shop as Young & Cooter.

    By Allan (05/09/2019)
  • How lovely to come across this photograph.I have just discovered my Great Great Grandmother Fanny Holmes lived at Number 2 Claremont Row according to the 1901 census.She lived there with her Father William Bliss (81 at the time ! wow) sons George and Charles and my Great Grandmother Florence Holmes .Florence gave birth to my Grandmother at 31 Sussex Terrace Brighton when she was just 17 .

    By Josephine Batkin (15/10/2020)
  • My Great Grandparents, Maidlow, lived at No5 Claremont Row during 1901 and 1911 Census. In the 1911 Census it states No5 was a ‘shop’ but no idea what.
    I assume this was the opposite end to the corner shop in the photo?

    By Ivor Williams (13/04/2022)
  • The Kelly’s directory 1914 just lists #5 as George Henry Griffiths and there are no shops indicated in that street, although #19/20 show William Tiley ‘hawker’. Many ‘shops’ in the Carlton Hill area were people trading out of what would be the front room of the property.

    By Dr Geoffrey Mead (16/04/2022)

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