Residents of the terrace in 1901

Except where otherwise stated all of the below were born in Sussex. Only seven of them were on the electoral register, which at that time did not include women.


Here lived the Robinson family. The father Harry (48) was a stonemason and he and his son Harry (20) are described in the census as marble workers. Sarah (46) was mother also to Fanny (18), Sarah (14), Peter (13), Charlie (11), Agnes (9), Willie (6), Maud (4) and Nellie(2).

Two rooms appear to have also been occupied by Henry (37) and Emily Booker (26) and their baby daughter. Henry was a General Labourer born in London.


Next door lived the widow Lydia Wright (67) with her three children. Her daughter Agnes(40) was a self-employed dress-maker who worked from home. Arthur (25) worked as a grocery clerk and his brother Charles (23) as a grocery assistant.

No. 6

In the 1901 census Sarah Tuppen (48) is described as the head of the household, and her husband John is not mentioned, although his name appears on the electoral register for this address. Sarah lived with two boarders: James Parsons (20) who worked as a clerk in a soap factory and James Skinner (29) ,born in Surrey, who worked in connection with “railway goods”.


The cook and confectioner Charles Pettit (42) lived here with his wife Elizabeth (39) and their four children : Agnes (13), Bernard (10) and Francis (7) and the eldest son Frederick (16) who worked in a restaurant. It appears the factory worker Charles Osbourne (23) also had a room in this house.


Here lived the builder James Dewdrey (33) and his wife Florence (31) with their three children Reginald (5), John (3) and Estella (1).


Thomas Marriott (37) the cycle repairer, born in Hackney, lived here with his wife Isabella (40), his two sons Thomas R (13) and George (9) and his widower father-in-law Robert Haslett (69), who still worked from home as a tailor. Thomas R worked as a fishmonger’s assistant.

No 10

The carpenter William Gilwood (38) lived here with his wife Kathleen (35) and their five children. Kathleen worked as a self-employed dressmaker from home and was born in Exmouth. They had two daughters: Alice K (16) and Daisy (5), and three sons William G (10), Frederick (8) and Henry (1).

On the night of the census they had a young visitor from Southampton staying with them by the name of Edward Stacey (12). Probably brother and sister, Nellie (25) and William Sherwood (16) were boarders. Nellie was a domestic cook, maybe for the household, while William was a railway labourer.

No 11

William James Newton, the retired grocer and beer retailer (53) ,lived here with his wife Hannah (52). Both were born in Warwickshire.

No 12

Widower and carpenter Augustus Guy Tyzack (64), born in Norfolk, lived here with his three daughters and son-in-law Albert Dove (30), a labourer, who was married to Margaret (29). Frances (26) worked as a shop assistant in a tobacconists. Daisy (23) worked as dressmaker from home.


Edward Hezekiah Duke, the postman (37), lived here with his wife Emily (34) and three daughters Emily (14), Elsie (10) and Dorothy (2).


The retired coal merchant’s foreman George Ayres (65) lived here with his wife Frances (62).


According to the Towner’s directory James Jutten the decorator lived here but he does not appear on the census.

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  • Thomas Marriott was my great grandmother’s younger brother. He was born in Hackney in 1863, and his father died when he was 8. His mother couldn’t support four children on her income as a seamstress, so a place was found for Thomas in the Royal Albert Orphan Asylum at Frimley. In 1880 he joined the London Brighton and South Coast Railway as a Porter on a weekly wage of 16/- and he was promoted to 18/- and moved to Brighton in 1881. In 1883 Thomas married Isabella Haslett. In 1891 they were living at No.37 Red Cross Street with their two small sons Thomas Robert (who died in 1909 aged 22) and Edmund (who died a few weeks after the census in 1891). By 1901 Thomas had left the railway to repair cycles and their third son George had been born. Thomas and Isabella were still at No.9 Trafalgar Terrace in 1911 with their daughter Annie aged 4. Thomas died in 1927 in Brighton aged 66, and Isabella died aged 80, also in Brighton, in 1942. I haven’t discovered how much longer the family lived in Trafalgar Terrace. I don’t know what happened to George, but I think Annie married George A Reed in 1933.

    By Judy Buckley (25/08/2012)
  • My mum, Edna, was brought home from the hospital in 1925 to 4, Trafalgar Terrace, to meet her big sister, Joan. They were the only children of Albert and Ivy Long (whose grandmother lived as a gypsy in a caravan at Hayward’s Heath). The two girls lived at 4 until their twenties, when they then both married Poles stationed there during the war. They liked to reminisce about playing with the many other children up and down the terrace as if it were the biggest playground in the world. Albert put up wallpaper every year, and they dressed on winter mornings in front of the copper, a vat filled with water with a fire underneath, and had an outdoor loo at the end of the garden until the late 1930s. Mum shared her room with her grandfather until she was 14; he looked after the cab horses, “a kind old soul”. Albert was a bus driver, Ivy was a domestic in a well-to-do place. They had many fond memories of growing up there. Joan is still in Brighton as of 2018, at 95, and extremely articulate if anyone is collecting info. Her book, “The Many Faces of Love” describes some of her childhood there.

    By Jenny Skulski (29/01/2018)

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