Mystery Photos of Brighton & Hove

Mystery photo
Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove

As you are all probably aware, when I publish a ‘mystery’ photo, I know where it is, but just like to see how clever you all are!

Well, this instance is entirely different! I have no idea what it is. I do not even know whether it qualifies for Brighton & Hove. All I know is that I found it trolling through B&H local history photos section in the museum.

So please put me out of misery – someone – please!

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  • Just west of King Alfred near the old West End Cafe!

    By Mr Peter Groves (28/07/2019)
  • I would be surprised if this was Brighton, Jennifer. The beach is too flat and there is no height between the beach and the pavement. Also, the lamp post doesn’t look right. I don’t know where it is though!

    By Philip Burnard (29/07/2019)
  • The building is still there today, however it’s somewhat modified, it’s called Alex’s Cafe.

    By Peter Groves (29/07/2019)
  • I remember it like that in the 1960’s, the modification must have been one on those “1970’s improvements”!

    By Peter Groves (29/07/2019)
  • I agree with Peter Groves. It was a covered seating shelter close to the West End Cafe in Hove. I haven’t walked along that part of the sea front for very many years so I don’t know whether it still exists.

    By David Robertson (29/07/2019)
  • The fishing dingys (and low huts) can also be seen behind the building. These belonged to Joe Hawkings, who hired them out by the hour, I spent much of my pocket money on them in the summer around 1967 – 1969, and no life jackets!! You could also buy fresh fish from him quite cheap!

    By Mr Peter Groves (29/07/2019)
  • Could be Worthing.

    By Derek Lake (30/07/2019)
  • Pretty sure it’s Worthing. The regular shelter is of their type and the larger one is visible in old Worthing photos on Google.

    By Mick Wright (30/08/2019)
  • Derek/Mick, please look on Google maps just west of the King Alfred, you will see it is Hove Prom!

    By Mr Peter Groves (31/08/2019)
  • By Mick Wright (08/09/2019)
  • Hi Mick you have a good point, perhaps both building were designed and constructed by the same company.

    By Mr Peter Groves (08/09/2019)
  • The structure pictured on ‘gravelroots’ is to the west of Worthing pier. There is also an identical structure to the east of the pier, both of which have had their roof changed since they were built and both of which can be on ‘Google Maps’ today although they are both boarded up. Is one of them the structure in the Mystery Photo, I don’t know, but they are identical.

    By Derek Lake (15/09/2019)
  • I agree the Worthing buildings are very similar, but neither have the smaller building so close behind, surely they would not have been demolished?

    By Mr Peter Groves (15/09/2019)
  • Worthing for me, even the concrete plinth it’s built on, is the same square shape today as then. The Hove building is not square and the concrete plinth has rounded corners to match the building shape. The Worthing rain shelter has a smaller shelter further east, it looks further away today but it may well have been moved.

    By Michael Brittain (16/09/2019)
  • I think I’m gonna accept its Worthing……..if you look on google even the concrete bases for the fishing huts are still there. The roof on both buildings are different………but still Worthing!

    By Mr Peter Groves (17/09/2019)
  • To add to my previous comments I noticed something else when walking along Worthing seafront this morning. Both of the Worthing structures, and the Mystery Photo, have ‘faces’ shaped in metal at the base of all the metal support columns.

    By Derek Lake (18/09/2019)
  • To add to my previous comments I noticed something else as I walked along Worthing seafront this morning. Both the Worthing structures, and the Mystery Photo, have something else in common. They all have ‘faces’ shaped in the metal at the base of all the metal support columns. Either one of the Worthing structures is the Mystery Photo or they were all made to exactly the same design.

    By Derek Lake (18/09/2019)

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