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Sons of Temperance Convalescent Home

by Nonna Edwards 21 October 2007

I have a postcard sent by my great aunt to my grandmother(her sister) on 8th Aug. 1909 with a picture of this large house in Brighton. Can you tell me where it was and if the building still exists?

My grandmother’s family were from Monmouth and had a stepmother they disliked. As each child became old enough they went to work as domestic staff in Pennant Lodge Queen’s Park. They must have been there between 1901(after the census)and 1909. The man who employed them was Marmaduke Langdale (sculptor and landscape artist)who had a painting sold in Christies recently. They were a family of 6 and employed 6 servants.

In 1946 my father, Dewi Rhys, became the minister of Queen’s Road Presbyterian Church. I went to Stanford Road School and then had one year in Varndean Girls before we moved to Reading in 1957.
My father was a chaplain in Brighton General and was a friend of Jessie Love, the Matron.

We lived in Alexandra Villas.