Blucher Place

Photo:Mrs Edith Annie Taylor, owner of 21 Blucher Place, Brighton, which now stands on its own on land used as a car park, was claiming £850 compensation from the Corporation for the loss of her home when it is compulsorily purchased and demolished

Mrs Edith Annie Taylor, owner of 21 Blucher Place, Brighton, which now stands on its own on land used as a car park, was claiming £850 compensation from the Corporation for the loss of her home when it is compulsorily purchased and demolished

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Everybody was in the same boat

By Peter Maurice

Churchill Square development

Before the area was devastated for the Churchill Square development, my family lived at 18 Blucher Place on the car-park. We did not have a washing machine, a fridge, a freezer or even a telephone.. We never used the front room, which had a piano nobody could play. Stew was very often on the menu, which probably included cheaper cuts of meat like scrag end of lamb. My nan who lived three doors down at number 21 only had an outside loo in the yard

Last resident of Blucher Place

None of us had much and we all struggled; everybody was in the same boat. Mum did char work for Molly Lacroix, who had a convenience shop top of Russell Street and for Bertie Bassett, who was very well known as Brighton's Breeziest Butcher. We moved to Manor Farm in 1957 but Nan was the last resident to move out of Blucher Place in 1960, after a long fight with the council. I was astounded to see a picture of her outside her house on James Gray Collection; if you follow the link you can read all about her.

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Remembering the shops

The shops that I can remember in Western Road were Dorothy Norman's, a ladies dress shop and Home and Colonial, where they used to pat the butter with the wooden blocks. There was a coffee shop on the north side, which emitted a lovely smell of coffee being roasted. Woolworth's was very popular with the children because of its wide range of really lovely sweets. Wonderful memories of very happy days.

This page was added on 12/07/2015.
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Fascinating slice of Brighton history!

By Douglas d'Enno (12/07/2015)

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