Cars were a rare sight
I lived in 7 Hollingbury Road from 1955 until 1957, when we moved around the corner to 15a Upper Hollingdean Road. 7 Hollingbury Road was the home of my nan and grandad, George and Dolly Budd, and my mum, dad, me and my brother Paul lived there with them. I remember how quiet the road was and how well kept all the front gardens were. Cars were a rare sight then. My nan also had a lodger living in the house ‘uncle Bert’ an old soldier; he was one of the few people in the road who owned a car – an old Morris Oxford, which he kept in the garage next to Chalks shop.
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Chalk’s grocers shop
Chalk’s grocers shop was on the corner (later Formula One). I can visualise the inside of Miss Chalk’s shop, like it was yesterday. Little old Mrs Chalk used to sit in the adjoining room, by a paraffin stove that always had a kettle on it; I loved the smell. Along the front of the counter was a row of open tin boxes that had biscuits in them. It used to fascinate me watching Miss Chalk weigh out the potatoes in a big scale that she tipped up to pour them into your shopping bag.
Double’s grocers shop
Further up Hollingbury Road was Double’s grocers shop, it was another of those lovely old fashioned shops. Double’s was run by Mr and Mrs Double. Mr Double always wore an immaculate white overall. I liked watching him slice the ham and bacon on a big slicing machine. My nan used to give them a list of shopping and Mr Double would walk down the road and bring it to the house. Happy days.