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Dying trades

by David Ward 23 July 2009

My great Uncle, George Botting, was reputedly the last gas street-lamp lighter in Hove. It is poignant to think of a trade or profession becoming extinct. It makes me wonder: when did the last “fly proprietor” ply for trade in Brighton; or the last fisherman sail from the fishmarket hard area in the course of serious business rather than a hobby – I assume there are no real fishing businesses any more in Brighton. How about the coalman on his regular round heaving sacks of coal over his shoulder to fill the back yard coal bunkers around town? It would be interesting to hear from regular contributors when these and other “professions” disappeared from our way of life.

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