Trafalgar Street to Upper Gardner Street

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s) TRAFALGAR STREET: This thoroughfare has a few buildings of the early 1800s at its lower end, but was principally developed in the 1840s following the arrival of the railway. In 1989 much of the northern side above Whitecross Street was demolished for the erection of Trafalgar Place, an office complex with shops fronting Trafalgar Street; it also occupies the site of the railway goods shed. The Prince Albert public house is an attractive, listed building of the 1840s with three storeys, round-headed windows, and Corinthian and Ionic pilasters, the capitals being highlighted in gold paint {44}. No.26 Trafalgar Street, at the corner of Tidy Street, is included on the council’s local list as it has Ionic pilasters on its eastern side. {83}

t) TRAFALGAR TERRACE: A narrow twitten of small terraced houses with their gardens on the other side of the path. They were erected in the late 1830s. {108}

u) UPPER GARDNER STREET: In the last years of the nineteenth century street-traders (‘barrow-boys’) began to congregate in Bond Street and Gardner Street. The police and the county borough council, tired of moving the traders on, set aside Upper Gardner Street for their use on Saturday mornings just after the turn of the century, and the antiques, bric-a-brac and junk now sold between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday are a great attraction.
The street itself dates from the 1820s and a few cottages of that period remain. There are also a number of workshops and warehouses. The former Central National infant school, opened in 1887 and later the Central Boys Club, stands on the western side. {83,281,291,311}

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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  • Does anyone remember my brother George and his wife Lil who kept the Prince Albert in the 1960s and 70s? Lil was a great pianist; if I remember rightly she graduated from the piano to an electric organ and directed the weekend sing-song with enthusiasm!

    By Pete Scholey (24/06/2010)
  • Does anyone remember the curtain shop which I believe was in Trafalgar Street? Everyone used this to buy nets which were very popular in the sixities. The owner was a large man with very thick glasses as I recall. I think it was called Jarmans?

    By Jan (12/12/2010)
  • Just read that this pub is haunted, can anyone confirm this?

    By Den King (08/03/2011)
  • I think the shop was called Jarmans.

    By Carol Hardy (26/11/2011)
  • Could anyone please let me know the history of this building? Thanks.

    By Angela Pendle (29/07/2012)
  • In the 50s does anyone remember the Appleton family who ran the Prince Albert and who lived in Patcham? They had two sons. The father worked for The Reveille paper in London.

    By John Snelling (18/04/2015)

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