Three stories high
My house at no 37 George Street was one of three houses that were the same. Our house was three stories high and also had a basement. We had electric lights but no sockets; every thing was run off the light fitting. We did not have a bathroom or running hot water. We heated the water by boiling it up on the gas cooker. The toilet was outside in the yard; it was freezing in winter. But we had good times. We played in the street; postman’s knock, hide and seek- games of the past. It seems to be all computers and ipods now.
Remember Dan the barber?
There were two small alleyways off of George Street. I remember the one at the top of the street, the Edward Street end, which lead into Dorset Street. The other one was at the bottom end of the street; you could go in down the side of the Queen’s Arms public house and come out by Dan’s the barbers shop. The alleyway was where the back entrances were to the shops at the bottom end of George Street. There was a garage called Bakers; the family who owned it lived opposite.
Block of flats
I remember that in George Street there was a block of two storey flats that had a workshop underneath at street level. You had to go up a flight of stairs to them. If my memory serves me right they belonged to the Palace Pier Company, and people who worked on the pier lived in them. There was a Mr Holden, he was I think one of the bosses; there was another flat next door with a workshop, and a lady lived above there. She had a rather steep lot of stairs to go up. We all called her Auntie Daisy, I cannot remember her surname.
Do you remember?
Did you live in George Street? What was your house like? Do you remember any of the old shops? Maybe you live there now? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.