Mystery photos of Brighton and Hove

Two views: one street

By Jennifer Drury

The first photograph shows our street viewed in 1937, complete with rather posh black car.

The second photographs shows the same street viewed in 1961 with a slightly less flashy car very popular at the time.

So where is this Brighton street?

Photo:Mystery street 1937

Mystery street 1937

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

Photo:Mystery street 1961

Mystery street 1961

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

This page was added on 08/02/2015.
Comments about this page

My first thought was confirmed when I checked this in the James Gray Collection. It's Windsor Street, looking north to Church Street in the distance. The building with the external staircase to the left of the 1961 photo is still there. The tall brick building on the extreme left of each photo is sadly no longer there, and much missed.

By Alan Hobden (09/02/2015)

Both photographs are of Windsor Street, which runs between Church Street and North Street just below Boots.

By Peter Dray (09/02/2015)

Bull-nosed Morris, and Austin A35?

By Stefan Bremner-Morris (09/02/2015)

Windsor Street. I worked for Endeavour Motor Company 196O /1973 and may well have fitted the Registration Plates 1984 CD to the Ford Anglia 105E in the photo. 

By Chris Wrapson (09/02/2015)

Last time I got it wrong. This time I'm feeling more confident. It is Windsor Street,  looking up towards Church Street. The houses up on the left hand side have long gone as have the flats to the left. The Ford Anglia is of interest to me as I had one in 1965 (4736AP) I guess that the picture is from around that time.

By Peter Guy (09/02/2015)

I'd agree it is Windsor Street and I recall delivering the 'Advertiser' (an early freebie newspaper) to the flats. There were quite a few of them. That would have been around 1970 I guess. We covered the whole of the North Laine area and even delivered to the huge Theobold Place flats!

By Martin Scrace (11/02/2015)

I think the building with the external stairs is Windsor Building. My Great grandmother lived there. I remember visiting as a child in the early 60s- a very grim place. Even though some exterior work has been done you can imagine how it must have looked in Victorian times

By Belinda Lumsden (11/02/2015)

The rather posh black car is almost certainly a Wolseley 21/60 probably built 1930/32. These cars were distinguishable from later models by the split front bumper, they were also known as County models. In that era Wolseley Cars were well built and had a reputation for reliability, albeit somewhat staid. Wolseley cars were always a cut above the likes of Austin, Morris and Hillman etc, but not in the same class as Rolls-Royce or Bentley. The car in the photo would probably have been chauffeur driven. With great respect to the good folk of Windsor Street the car does look a bit like a fish out of water. I wonder! maybe the Wolseley`s well to do owners instructed their chauffeur to park there while they enjoyed shopping in North Street or a Matinee at the Theatre Royal and perhaps later took afternoon tea in Hanningtons. We will never know!        

By Chris Wrapson (11/02/2015)

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