The Cork Shop
When I left school in 1961 I worked in Gardner Street. I was at the Cork Shop for a year. It was also an iron-mongers come general store. We sold mops, brooms and all kinds of cleaning goods plus wine making equipment. The manager was a Mr Watkins, I guess he would have been in his fifties then and had been there since leaving school at fourteen. He was a really nice guy and a pleasure to work for, full of wisdom and knowledge about old Brighton. They were good days, but the wages I seem to remember were only £2.7s.6d.
An old man like Fagin
To the right of the shop was a fishmonger; he was a big man with a red face, he used to arrive each morning with a handcart loaded with fish from the market. To the left was a second-hand shop which I think was called Housegoes. This shop was run by an old man who always reminded me of Fagin, from Oliver Twist. It always seemed to me that by walking into the street you were stepping back a century.
Do you remember?
Do you remember the Gardner Street of pre-decimal days? What shops do you remember? Can you remember the prices of the things you bought? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.