A house without electricity
In 1958 I married Philip Compton, and we lived in the top flat of his parent’s house, number 9 Crescent Place until 1961. Philip’s parents bought Number 9 in 1943, and he has many memories of people who lived on the street, including the famous actor Lawrence Naismith. The house next to the old pub at the top of Crescent Place, maybe number 13, or 12, was one of the last in Kemp Town to have no electricity. I was amazed to see gas lamps when I was a district nurse in training in 1954.
One thousand pounds for a house
I became friendly with Dora Bryan the day she and her famous cricketer husband moved in to their nice house across Crescent Place from Number 7 in 1960, with their son Daniel, and then two more children. Daniel and my older son Anthony were friends until we bought our first house on College Street in 1961. At that time the price was one thousand pounds, difficult to imagine that nowadays.
Ice cream at Woolworths
In those days we shopped at Brampton’s the butchers of course, Leach’s the greengrocers, and the newsagents, sweets and tobacconist shop, owned by two brothers. Once a week friends of mine and I – all young mothers – would walk with the babies in their prams along the sea front down to Woolworths on St James’s Street, for ice cream, after going to the Health Clinic at the bottom of Eastern Road for the children’s check ups. We would leave the prams outside any shop, and know the babies would be safe. Can you imagine doing that now? Happy memories. We moved to the USA in 1962.