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London Road Glass and Porcelain shop

by Martin Best 4 February

I don’t know if anyone can help. In the 1881 census a family lived over their shop at 50 London Road (presently a Kebab Shop). I believe they’d been there a few years. Before running the shop he’d been a “Town Missionary” (1861 census) but I don’t know with which organisation.

Does anyone know anything about the shop? I’m assuming it wasn’t a business that lasted long.
Does anyone know what organisations employed a “Town Missionary” – I’m assuming something like the present Brighton & Hove City Mission.

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