Shops and Businesses

Le Carbone: Portslade

By Eileen Heryet

South Street

This picture was taken in the 1950's by Machinery, National House, West Street, Brighton inside Le Carbone  (Great Britain) Ltd, South Street, Portslade. The building was once the Southdown Brewery built in 1881 in South Street, Portslade.

French company

Second row second from the left is a lady named Dolly. Third row on the right, beside the pillar is Natalie Heryet. She also worked as a French translator for the company. The mangement team at that time spoke only English, the company was a French company, Natalie did the translations for the company at Portslade.

Photo:Le Carbone Portslade

Le Carbone Portslade

From the private collection of Eileen Heryet

This page was added on 20/11/2010.
Comments about this page

I worked at Le Carbone as secretary to David Hicks, Manager of the Special Carbons Department from 1970 until 1973. The shop floor shown in the picture had been expanded somewhat to that shown in the photograph. I had no excuse for being late for work as I only lived in North Road and could see my office as soon as I walked out of the front door! My eldest brother, who is now 76, actually had the task of climbing the chimney when he was a mere apprentice teenager to execute repairs - rather him than me!

By Barbara Etherton (24/11/2010)

I worked at Le Carbone from September to December 1970 as a general dogsbody while I decided what to do with my degree. De Gaulle died in November that year and we had a minute silence and the tricolour was flown at half-mast.

By Terry Cooper (06/09/2016)

Elsie Denman worked at Le Carbone for many years. I used to play at her house Monday to Friday with her daughter Sylvia.  Was not allowed over on Saturday and of course Sunday was Sunday School at the Mile Oak "Tin Hut".

By Bonny Cother (08/09/2016)

My mum, Dorothy, worked there as a first aider in the late 50s, early 60s. I remember many tales of people being burned by pitch. H&S wouldn't have been the same in those days! They used to put on a big Christmas party each year for the kids of employees, and I think they had quite a good social scene for employees as well.

By Mick Wright (08/09/2016)

I left the Brighton and Hove Grammar School in late 1941 at the age of nearly 17 knowing that I was going to be called up in a few months time at 17 1/2. I got a temporary job with Le Carbone whose factory was on the South side of Shoreham Harbour about 50 yards from the lagoons. I was employed as a general dogsbody and looked after and recorded the testing of one of each batch of batteries produced. Also I had to record and keep rack of all the crates that were used for transporting the batteries. The main users at that time were the Railway Companies. Does the Company still exist? The Works Director was a Mr Long I believe.

By Jack Galway (20/09/2016)

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