My grandfather’s shop
The fish shop belonged to my grandfather Edgar Sands, and he is standing outside of it with his wife Martha and children Louisa and Edgar. The year would be about 1920. My father and his sister were pupils at St Andrew’s School, Portslade. The family came to Portslade from Heathfield in Sussex, after the World War 1. My Grandfather owned this fish shop, and a barber shop also in North Street. The fish shop was situated on the south side of the street, the barber shop on the north side.
A busy commercial street
I understand that North Street was a busy street of commercial premises, chandlers, pubs and shops. There was also a Baptist Church and a Salvation Army Citadel. I can’t place where my grandfather’s shops would have been, but I think they were cleared before my birth in 1954. I do not know if he owned the shops at the same time: according to my father he did. He had died by 1946, so the shops may have changed hands sometime before that. Were they cleared by order? I remember some patches of wasteland we called bombsites it may have been on one of those.
A good address
I do not know if my grandparents lived over these shops, but I do know that they eventually bought a new house in St Andrews Road. It was one of the last to be built in the street, and was the end of terrace, by the park entrance as it is now. Edgar senior must have done quite well as St Andrews Road, a tree lined street, was apparently a good address in South Portslade in the early 20th century.