Many happy memories
I was born at 29 Wood St in 1925 and lived there until my mother’s death in 1947. I have many happy memories and can still remember our little house. There was the front room which was the best room and seldom ever used except for special occasions. All the best furniture was kept in there and an aspidistra of course.
Warm and cosy kitchen
The kitchen was warm and cosy, not very big but we were comfortable in it. We had an open coal fire at first, but this fell to bits in the end and the landlord replaced it with a second hand range called a ‘Kitchener’. It incorporated an oven as well as the fireplace, but the oven never cooked properly, it was large and really very unsightly, the warmth that the fire threw out more than made up for it.
There were cupboards built in either side of the fireplace in the recesses, which came in useful, and although not airing cupboards they at least could ensure that all the washing done was kept damp-free once aired. That was done with the aid of several lines strung across the kitchen. Mother would do the ironing on the table, then throw it over the lines. As we had no electricity we had to have flat irons in those days, which were heated up on top of the stove. The houses were demolished in the 1960s for a new development.
Reproduced with permission from: Back Street Brighton, Queenspark Books, Brighton, 1st edition 1989