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A snowy February in 1948

Notice the absence of cars, only bicycle tracks made by the kids  in those days.

What a difference to nowadays, where cars clutter the same street, and the streets all over that area of Brighton.

Do you remember this February snow? If you do, please leave a message below.

Snowy Sussex Terrace February 1948
From the private collection of Joy Panteli

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  • Great photo. I think this is now John Street looking south, the east side is the same as the photo but the west side is now the flats of Ashton Rise.

    By Peter Groves (23/06/2011)
  • Great picture, it almost looks like something from a Dickens novel, bet the kids loved the snow.

    By Duffy Watkins (23/06/2011)
  • I wish I had a time machine. What a lovely photo.

    By Julie Annets (24/06/2011)
  • My Mum remembers this “bitterly cold February” well. Now 84 years old, she was then heavily pregnant with my older sister. She recalls being asked by my Dad’s Granny (Mitchell) who lived at 26 Sussex Terrace, to go across the road to Charlie Paine’s wooden hut to find out what had happened to the coal he promised to deliver. Charlie, who had a bad or even false leg, assured my Mum he had not forgotten. Due to the severe weather, he had been inundated with requests for coal deliveries. No central heating in Sussex Terrace houses in those days!

    By Suzie S (18/07/2011)
  • Thank you all for your lovely comments on the photo, glad you all liked it.  You can just see number 26 on the left in the photo, the first red brick house. My mum told us that her mother, my grandmother, was born in that house. My Grandmother’s name was Edith Haines before she married my Granddad, Joseph Reeves.

    By Joy Pantelli (11/09/2011)
  • That was where I lived from 1942 up until I moved up to Leicester with my Mum Winnie and my older brother Mick, around about 1960. First next to Mrs Cove’s shop and, after being bombed out, up to number 24. I used to have great fun on a sledge or a four-wheeler tearing down Richmond St and going through the railings, usually with Ginger Hubbard, Terry Herriot, the Smith brothers and Tony Di’Agastino. Cor, what memories! It was the worst winter I can remember.

    By Patrick Collins (25/11/2012)
  • My family were at 25 Sussex Terrace and my Aunt remembers this winter and the one the year after. They also lived at 37 Apollo Terrace before it collapsed. My Great Nan was Mrs Hubbard. I remember Sussex Terrace briefly when I was young and used to play there with my cousin David Martin. My family who lived there were Mr and Mrs Hubbard, then my Nan Mrs Gayford lived there before moving, then my Aunt lived there Brenda and Jim Martin. Suzie, was your family Emma and Wally Mitchell?

    By Gina Charmaine-Gibbs (07/04/2013)
  • My great grandparents lived here – the Regans.

    By Shelly Regan (21/10/2013)
  • My husband Donald William Marchant was born in Susxse Terrace (I don’t know the number but it was right on the corner which was bombed during the war). There was a photo of the bombing in the Argus in 1943 of the bed he was lying in hanging out of the top floor. A few doors along was the shop of Mrs Cove where my mother-in-law and myself used to visit to shop. (Mrs Cove was a very close friend of Rose Marchant, Donald’s mother). Can anyone help me find the photo of the bombing of Sussex Terrace as I am unable to?

    By Jean Marchant (04/04/2018)
  • We lived at 11 Sussex Terrace with an outside toilet next to Charlies coal shed.
    Moved to 36 Sussex Terrace with a garden and an inside toilet-luxury.The block of houses were knocked down and replaced by flats.
    The Creche,Queens Park,The Beach,The Level,The Race Course and of course the bomb site at Coves end of street were close.Also the ledge was an adventure.
    A great photo with memories of our family life there.
    Cheers Jim Dowds.

    By Jim Dowds (12/10/2019)

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