Like pencils in a box

Trafalgar Terrace

This is a twitten, a Sussex word for alleyway. It’s almost like a rural lane, with trees hanging over the front gardens.

This is a fossilised landscape.  Brighton’s mediaeval fields determined the shape of these streets. The fields were tiny parallel strips of land, like pencils in a box. When the Old Town expanded, builders bought up the narrow fields.

There is a public walkway between the front doors and front gardens of Trafalgar Terrace. The houses were built on one narrow strip of land. Another strip was probably acquired for the front gardens. The ancient field boundary has become a pathway.

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  • 3 of us, student nurses at the Alex lived at No 7 Trafalgar Terrace from 1968-1969. We called it Frisco Flower Cottage, acknowledgement of the era and the sun flowers we grew in the garden. We had some very happy times there and some good parties. The rent for us was high and we worked at Blackrock Cafe in the holidays making sandwiches to earn money to pay the electricity bill. After passing our finals we went our separate ways but have remained very good friends since. Mary (known as Lou Cranfield),Ange (Grant), Kay (Elliott)

    By Mary Richard (27/10/2007)
  • My great grandfather, Samuel Harris, is shown on the 1871 census lodging at 12 Trafalgar Terrace with his brother John. They had come up from Cornwall. On a recent visit from Kent I have just discovered the alleyway.  What a treasure.  Interesting to hear on this site the gardens would have been “normal” front gardens in 1871.

    By Jane Pope (Harris-Maunder) (22/10/2016)

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