Mystery photos of Brighton and Hove

Davis Family Butchers

By Sara Brooks

Butcher shops between the wars

My family ran several butcher shops in Brighton between the wars. My grandfather Frederick Charles Davis had seven sons and three daughters. At least one son, Walter Stanley Walter Stanley Davis also owned his own shops, one in Gloucester Road and another in Gardener Street. My Grandfather was a master butcher.

Location of the shops?

I think one of his shops was in Kensington Gardens. All of his sons worked in the trade: My father Philip Thomas Cole Davis, Arthur Henry, Henry Edward, William Richard (Jim), Francis Albert (Tony) and Charles Frederick (Charlie)  I am trying to trace where the shops were. 

I really would welcome any help you can give. Please leave a comment below.

Photo:Davis Family Butcher

Davis Family Butcher

From the private collection of Sara Brooks

Photo:Davis Family Butcher

Davis Family Butcher

From the private collection of Sara Brooks

This page was added on 28/11/2010.
Comments about this page

Not much help other than the older photo looks like it's on a slight hill so I'd personally rule out Kensington Gardens and Gardner Street for that one.

By Carol Homewood (29/11/2010)

Hi Sara, I have already offered the addresses in the 1930's that the Davis family occupied by way of my replies to the message board. However, I thought it might be worth mentioning that both of the premises occupied in Gloucester Road were corner sites. 101 was on the western corner with Tidy Street and 25 was on the eastern corner with Kensington Gardens. Why this may be significant, is because 16, Kensington Gardens is next door to 25, Gloucester Road. Regards Andy

By Andy Grant (29/11/2010)

My parents' shop was 101 Gloucester Road, the frontage of which you can see from a photo elsewhere on this site, has a noticeable slope, so I would not think this was that shop. To my mind (and knowing butcher shops clustered) this was somewhere like Sydney Street, perhaps on its corner with Gloucester Road.

By Roy Grant (29/11/2010)

Just compared the first two of the photos again and beginning to wonder if it was 101 Gloucester after all, but taken much earlier than 1937. The clothing and decay of the print could put it around 1900. Have a look at the print of my parents' shop on http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__5736.aspx and consider the 3 factors that are making me reconsider: (1) The folded rolled awning that pulls over the shop. (20 That there is a second door far left which is at an angle suggesting it served 2 streets. (3) That the fascia board over that door continued in a straight line.

By Roy Grant (29/11/2010)

Hi Roy, I think this photo was taken later than the 1900s, as my dad, who is standing next to my grandfather, with the bowler hat, was not born until 1905. I think he looks to be in his 20s in this photo. The photo is a copy of a copy, so probably looks older than it is. Best wishes.

By Sara Brooks (30/11/2010)

We used to get our meat from this butchers in Sydney Street on Christmas eve, much cheaper. We were poor.

By Duffy Watkins (14/06/2011)

Hi Sara I have new email lost yours could you resend please?

By Terry mitchell (19/12/2011)

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