Local Folk

Photo:5 Norfolk Street

5 Norfolk Street

Photo by Elizabeth Wickstead

Photo:Blocked doorway

Blocked doorway

Photo by Elizabeth Wickstead

Thomas Comlidge: Shoemaker

By Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell

Change in house numbers

Ancestral research of the 1824 Trade Directory shows Thomas Comlidge, Shoemaker, living at 4 Norfolk Street , but within a few years his house number changed to No 5, where he remained until his 1851 death.

Family continued in residence

His family continued in residence as late as 1905 as shown in Trade Directories of that period. Other family members lived at nearby Norfolk Building where delightful terraced buildings of the same period are now accessed via Sillwood Street.

Seashore access?

A blocked archway suggests the cu-de-sac may have led into Norfolk Street, giving easy seashore access for Thomas’ widow Sarah Comlidge, to conduct her business as a bathing-machine proprietress (1891 census). 

A family tragedy

A distressing event concerning 5 Norfolk Street is reported by the Brighton Herald 14th June 1841 edition, when Thomas Comlidge lost his 19 year-old son in a tragic bathing accident, but that is another story.


This page was added on 24/11/2010.
Comments about this page

During the 1960s I worked for a cable TV company who had wires in and around the Norfolk Hotel and I remember the demolished livery stables beyond the archway. It was then used as a car park but the floor plan remained with crudely knocked out walls that separated the stalls. Many still had large iron rings fixed to the wall. Maybe the archway should be listed before someone drives a JCB through it. If the entrance road was cobbled it must have been a very noisy place to live. Follow the links on the left, places=hotels=norfolk.

By Peter Barnard (27/11/2010)

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