George Street: Brighton

An outside toilet and postman's knock

By Kathleen Catt nee Cornford

 
Photo:George Street, Brighton: 37 is the first house

George Street, Brighton: 37 is the first house

Photo by Tony Mould

Three stories high

My house at no 37 George Street  was one of three houses that were the same. Our house was three stories high and also had a basement. We had electric lights but no sockets; every thing was run off the light fitting. We did not have a bathroom or running hot water. We heated the water by boiling it up on the gas cooker. The toilet was outside in the yard; it was freezing in winter. But we had good times. We played in the street; postman's knock, hide and seek- games of the past. It seems to be all computers and ipods now.

Remember Dan the barber?

There were two small alleyways off of George Street. I remember the one at the top of the street, the Edward Street end, which lead into Dorset Street. The other one was at the bottom end of the street; you could go in down the side of the Queen's Arms public house and come out by Dan's the barbers shop. The alleyway was where the back entrances were to the shops at the bottom end of George Street. There was a garage called Bakers; the family who owned it lived opposite.

Block of flats

I remember that in George Street there was a block of two storey flats that had a workshop underneath at street level. You had to go up a flight of stairs to them. If my memory serves me right they belonged to the Palace Pier Company, and people who worked on the pier lived in them. There was a Mr Holden, he was I think one of the bosses; there was another flat next door with a workshop, and a lady lived above there. She had a rather steep lot of stairs to go up. We all called her Auntie Daisy, I cannot remember her surname.

Do you remember?

Did you live in George Street? What was your house like? Do you remember any of the old shops? Maybe you live there now? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 29/03/2014.
Comments about this page

Anyone remember my Great Aunt Emily Scrace's sweetshop at Number 19? She lived there for years on her own and passed away around 1965. Always went to visit on a Sunday and came away with a bag of sweets!

By Martin Scrace (30/03/2014)

There were three houses like this; the house you are showing, No.37, is where I lived when growing up. My parents lived there for about 45 years, 1945-1970, but we made the best of it. We had no hot water or electric sockets and an outside toilet.

By Kathleen Catt (nee Cornford) (20/07/2014)

Martin - I remember your aunt very well, we used to buy our sweets in her shop. When sweets were on ration your aunt had a little hammer which I think they called a toffee hammer and she would break pieces of the sweets to get the right weight. I also delivered her paper. I lived in George Street from 1945 till 1963 when I got married.

By Kathleen Catt (nee Cornford) (08/10/2014)

Hi Kathleen.  Thanks for responding, I was only 10 when she passed away but always thought I was so lucky to have a great-aunt with a sweet shop! I'm told she never married as she lost her 'sweetheart' in WW1 - probably very common in the aftermath of 1914-18. The whole area seems so vibrant now, I try and have a wander around when I'm back in Brighton.

By Martin Scrace (12/10/2014)

Hello Maria, I am afraid that we can no longer print requests for information about particular persons whereabouts, but we do hope you are successful in finding the information you seek. Best wishes, Editing Team. 

By Maria (15/02/2015)

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