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Regent Iron Foundry on the corner of North Road and Foundry Street, c 1890
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  • Looking at the fragment of fashions on show, I would have thought it was much earlier than 1890. The foundry moved here in the 1830’s from its earlier location in Regent St near the new city library.

    By Geoffrey Mead (12/07/2004)
  • I am a trivet collector & author (USA) and have been researching the origins of a foundry using the Brighton name, possibly in England. I have a trivet that, on the reverse, says BRIGHTON 8. I purchased it from England. It probably dates to the late 1800s-early 1900s. It would have been used to support a hot iron while ironing. Any information you could provide would be appreciated! Regards, Lynn Rosack (

    By Lynn Rosack (13/10/2004)
  • I have a children’s book dated 1824 called ‘A Visit to the Regent Iron & Brass Foundery (sic) the Gas Manufactory, and the Royal Chain Pier, Brighton’ by Elizabeth Sandham in which she describes a visit round the foundry, gives a list of some of the places that have used the foundry’s products eg. the Chain Pier, the railings around several Brighton squares, etc., and also puts it in North Laine

    By Geoff Hellman (20/11/2004)
  • My great grandfather was the manager of the Regent Foundary: Mr Joseph Hunter, aged 50, lived at 62 North Road in 1881. His son Samual was a moulder at the foundary aged 18 years. I would be grateful of any information you may have as I’m researching my family tree. Thanks.

    By Roger Hunter (19/03/2009)
  • I have recently discovered that my paternal side of the family were iron moulders/pattern makers/tinsmiths and lived and worked in the Brighton area Their names are Henry Funnell born 1823 from Ranscombe, Sussex. he was married to Elizabeth Holman and some of their children who we believed worked at the foundry were Charles, Henry, George and Louis. If anyone could help with any information regarding this trade – or perhaps any of the family I would love to hear from you.

    By Barbara Jones (05/09/2010)
  • I recently found the visit to the Regency brass and iron foundry on google books and was amazed on reading it and how it relates to the chain pier. Alas the folded images were not shown and wonder if I can look at the copy of her book. The links are being forged.

    By Jean Hopkins (18/10/2010)
  • In the 1871 census, my great great grandfather was listed as Foreman, Regents foundry. His name was Edward Henry Streeter and he was married to Fanny Port. In 1871 they were living in Oxford Place, Brighton. If anyone recognises this name or knows any information about the foundry I would be very pleased to hear from you. Thank you.

    By Lynne Smith (22/06/2012)
  • I was born in 24 Foundry street in 1928. I lived there with my parents, John and Maud. Foundry Street and the immediate area was my playground. My best friend was Tommy Harding, his parents had a general shop at the North Road end of Foundry Street. My Father died when I was 8 years old and a young girl who must have been about 15 used to look after me when my mother was working. Her name was Rene Stapelton. When I was nine we moved to Lincoln Street and lived next door to my mother’s sister Rosie Packham.

    By Den Gillam (31/12/2012)
  • The photo is from the mid 1860s, the fashions are certainly of this period. My ancestors had a Boot Makers at 20 North Rd in the 1880s; been looking for photos of that part of the road. Also they were 19th century Brighton policemen -  are there police service records held somewhere?

    By Andrew (16/04/2018)

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