North from the Steine:High Street

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g) HIGH STREET: Now dominated by the exceptionally ugly St James’s House which opened in November 1966, High Street has some early council housing dating from 1910 on the western side but the surrounding area has been extensively redeveloped. The Gothic Windsor Lodge on the eastern side was originally erected in 1886 by W.S.Parnacott as a Primitive Methodist chapel. In 1898 it became the Gordon Hall, but in 1910 the building was used as a printing works, and from 1935 it was occupied by the Christian Brethren. The building was then used from 1978 until 1986 as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity before being converted to flats in 1987. {26,62,83,123}
The town’s first post-Reformation Catholic chapel also stood in High Street. A temporary mission had been established in 1798 in Prospect Row, now part of St James’s Street between George Street and Dorset Gardens, but a permanent chapel was established in 1806 or 1807 at 42-43 High Street. A plain Georgian building, it was used until the Church of St John the Baptist opened at Bristol Road in 1835, and was then put to various uses including a picture gallery and garage. However, the building was demolished in 1981 and Kebbell Lodge built on the site. {56}

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

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  • From 1940 to 1964 I lived at what was 27 High Street and is now numbered 28. The apparent arch door way by the parking sign was number 26 and was a garage with a large room above that was in fact part of and joined to 27. During the war my family also had what was 30 and also the Little Globe pub. We had many sailors who were training to be telegraphists at the old tech., billeted on us and several Canadians and Americans used to visit the pub. My iddle sister in fact married a Canadian soldier who stayed in this country after the war. There was very tragic accident when an Americian soldier fell from one of the upper windows of the Little Globe and broke his spine and was paralysed.

    By Ken Ross (05/03/2008)
  • In 1961 I was signed by the Brighton Tigers and played for them for four seasons until 1965. I couldn’t believe it when I came across the photo of the High Street showing the house I stayed in for four winters along with my teammate Harry Pearson – it was no 25 then and I think it’s the red door on the left above the red car. The landlady was Daisy Howick and she was quite elderly then but looked after us so well during our time there and I remember her son Harold used to visit often. Interesting to read Ken Ross’s report of Canadians and Americans visiting the pub, as many Canadian hockey players stayed at No. 25 in their time with the Tigers. I do remember the pub and also a transport contractor nearby, I think called DR Tidy. I’ve great memories of my four years in Brighton. I was 19 when first arriving and it was a great experience in many ways, and I do come to Brighton occasionally to visit old team mates.

    By Les Lovell (16/02/2015)

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