Bristol Gardens

A fire in the stables

By Mick Peirson

Photo:Bristol Gardens in 1962

Bristol Gardens in 1962

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

Chickens and other animals

I remember these buildings as a kid in the 1940s and 1950s. If I remember rightly, there were a couple of workshops/garages, and a stable at the far end which was run by a Mr and Mrs James. They lived in the twitten between the end of Princes Terrace and Manor Hill. The stables kept lots of chickens and other animals. I think it was in the late 1940s that the stables caught fire.

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Horses led to safety

I distinctly remember a fireman carrying out a tray of day old chicks that were thankfully unhurt. Of course the horses were led out to safety, and were tied up across the road in the entrance to a big house, the vicarage I think. Mr and Mrs James were kind hard-working folk with a very strong Sussex accent.

A long time ago!

The fire brigade I suppose had to come from Preston Circus as the fire station in Roedean Road was not built yet. It is such a long time ago now, it is difficult to remember. A friend of mine lived a bit further down Bristol Gardens in a basement flat behind Sussex Square, and there was access to one of the dwellings in Sussex Square through the basement.

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