Moved from Argyle Road
My family moved to 1 Claremont Row from Argyle Road in 1948; at the time I was three years old and my brother was one year old. On Claremont Row there was a line of eight or ten prefabs, across the street from the Ebenezer Chapel, and opposite Richmond Street Infants’ School. The school also housed the Brighton Headquarters of the NTC, The Nautical training Corps; the basement was laid out end to end as a ship, with a quarter deck and even a shooting range for 303 Rifles.
A scarey local dog
Above us at the back was a local shop and dairy, it was run by a family called James.They had moved from the corner of Claremont Row during the slum clearance. I remember they had a Greyhound called Mick, that used to scare me and my brother half to death. He guarded the shop and we had a large surround garden with a link fence that he could clear in one bound.
Our play area
The garden at that end was built up from a lot of rubble left over from the clearance of the original buildings that made up Claremont Row. My dad once thought we could level that end of the garden, but he gave up very quickly when he discovered tons of rubble just below the surface. Luckily it was only that end, so it just became a play area.
Mother’s happiest home
We stayed in the prefab until the final clearance of the whole area. My mother always said it was her happiest home. Of course the prefabs were originally constructed as temporary homes, but they lasted for years and everyone who lived in them, loved them. We had a proper bathroom and indoor toilet, at a time when that was still uncommon.
Do you remember?
Did you ever live in this area? Do you remember the prefabs? Or maybe you remember Richmond Street School? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.