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Andrew's Cottages: 5/6 Little East Street

The Andrews family had a very long association with Brighton as fishermen. With the heavy demand for rope for fishing nets and in the use of sailing vessels, Samuel Andrews diversified into Rope and Twine making at his shop in Little East Street around 1840.

For a short while Samuel’s son John also traded from another shop in Bartholomews, ceasing in the mid-1860’s.

The picture depicts the premises at 5/6, Little East Street, long known as ‘Andrew’s Cottages’. In the 1930s it was run by Henry Samuel Andrew, Samuel Andrew’s grandson.

The premises remained as a Fisherman’s Stores until around 1940 and Henry died in 1943 at the age of 82.

Research kindly supplied by Andy Grant

'Andrew's Cottages' 5/6 Little East Street.
From the private collection of Councillor Geoffrey Wells
The premises in 2010
Photo by Tony Mould

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  • My GGG Grandfather Abraham Offen was a ropemaker in Brighton and died of emphysema in 1851 aged 45. The family lived in Apollo Terrace, they are there in 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 census.

    By John Cording (28/05/2011)
  • My wife, Jacqueline Young’s mother Helena, was the twin sister of Dorothy, maiden surnames Andrew. They were descendants of the well known Brighton fishing family of the same name. Their names are mentioned in publications in Brighton’s Fishing Museum.

    By Robert Young (24/05/2015)
  • I am from the fishing family, surname Andrew, grandfather Samuel. I lived in Market Street by Hanningtons and my Uncle Sam sold the Argus for years in Old Steine. Glad to meet any member of this family. Please email me at

    By Joan Taylor (19/12/2015)

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