Angela Simmons first contacted the website when she posted a message on our Local History Board about the very fine drawing shown here, which she found amongst her architect father’s belongings. The drawing is of the proposed rebuilding of the premises of Ivey & Sons of 84 North Road, and was signed E.H.Nash 13th September 1886.
Our resident local historian, Andy Grant, was able to tell us that J.F. Ivey & Co were Grocers trading in Brighton from around 1875 until around 1898 at different addresses. The building at 84, North Road appears to have been their main premises, and it was next door to Messrs Walter & Lynn, wholesale grocers at numbers 85-88. This company was also set up around 1875, originally being Walter, Lynn & Lomas.
Continuing in the grocery trade
The second photograph, taken in 1923, shows that the premises were still engaged in the grocery trade. And as a matter of interest, I know that when I came to Brighton in 1980, the premises was still a grocery outlet. They used to sell discount items as well as lots of rather exotic continental foods and chocolates. My husband and I were pretty hard up at the time so it was a favourite place for us.
Do you remember this shop? When was that and what did it sell? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.