King Street

Do you remember the 1950s?

By Jennifer Drury

Constructed in the 18th century

King Street, constructed circa 1745-1779, ran south from Church Street to North Street.

Unfortunately today it is very short, as it was cut off across the end by construction of the usual ugly low-storey car park.

The first photograph here shows King Street in 1955, and the second shows what remains today. Below is the Brighton Borough Map 1934/35 which shows the area before demolition.

Do you remember King Street? If you can share your memories, please leave a comment below.

Photo:King Street 1955

King Street 1955

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

Photo:King Street 2015 showing the back of the car park

King Street 2015 showing the back of the car park

┬ęTomy Mould: images copyright protected

Photo:Pre-demolition map of the area containing King Street

Pre-demolition map of the area containing King Street

Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove

This page was added on 06/01/2015.
Comments about this page

I started work for Patching Bros in Centurian Rd. They were upholsterers, they had an account with furnishing fabrics (the shop in the picture) and I was sent down there to collect items twice a week, that was in 1958.  Church St and surrounding area was full of different amazing shops, part of old Brighton, sadly all gone now.

By Terry Hyde (07/01/2015)

I lived for a while with my parents in my grandmother's house at number 37. I remember Stennings the grocers across the road from us. Funny, but only yesterday I was looking for photos of King Street. My Dad who passed away on 16th August last year wrote about his early life in King Street. I will go through his memoirs and post more information about life in King Street from the 30s through to the 50s.

By prwood (07/01/2015)

I remember The Running Horse Pub which was I believe was at 21 King Street. I used to go there in the lunch hour when I was working Saturdays at Fine Fare, Western Road. Darts and a Toby were the order for Saturday. Age was never questioned!

By Dennis Parrett (08/01/2015)

Oh its a shame about the horrible car park, it would have been nice left and developed as part North Laine!

By Peter Groves (09/01/2015)

I was employed at Offords, which traded under the name of Offrex (I think) which made office equipment. I was there from Sep. to Dec. 1955 whilst waiting to start my apprenticeship with CVA at Portland Road. They had rows of fly presses worked mainly by women with about 4 toolmakers making the tools for the presses. There was also a large power press in the basement. Spray booth was on the first floor. The owner, whose name I can't remember, chain smoked dumaurier cigarettes all day in his glass fronted office overlooking the main workshop. There was also about 10 men employed for the heavier jobs. I think they moved to Fishersgate 1956-7 . Does anybody remember it?   

By John Boxell (12/01/2015)

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