A wealth of shops
George Street Hove has always been the realm of small shops, despite Tesco (half-way up from Church Road) and the old Army and Navy (Chiesman’s, Stuart Norris, Driscolls in former existences!) on the Church Road corner. Church Road was thought rather snooty, and Blatchington Road, with Woolworth’s (and one of Sainsbury’s first supermarkets), a bit business-like.
Last minute Christmas shopping
As a teenager, I used to do all my last-minute Christmas shopping here; somehow I could find all the necessary bits and pieces in the one street. When younger still, I bought spare solutions and powders for my chemistry set, and jokes to supplement my “David Nixon” magic outfit, at Barnards.
Great charity shops
When grown up, and sometimes a little short of money, I visited the charity shops; the Oxfam shop had the reputation of giving some of the richest pickings in the South! The Wimpy bar (is it still there?) on the west side was built in the old fire station (you could still see the Hove coat of arms on the building).
Omnibuses stop here
Outside the school there was once a paving stone with “Omnibuses Stop Here” set in it; I last saw that stone in 1968 at the then Museum of British Transport in Clapham. I suspect it was removed when the whole street was re-paved and redecorated for the Queen to re-open it in 1963. And did you know that in 1914, for a few months, a trolleybus was operated down George Street on behalf of Hove Corporation?