Mystery Photos of Brighton and Hove

1950s shopping?

By Jennifer Drury

Do you recognise this 1950s street of shops?

Do you remember any of the shops here?

If you have any ideas or memories - please leave a comment below.

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Photo:Where were these 1950s shops?

Where were these 1950s shops?

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove

This page was added on 17/04/2011.
Comments about this page

Looking at Sainsburys there, I'll hazard a guess that it's George Street, Hove. We lived around the corner in Connaught Terrace and my mother used that branch a lot when I was a small child. It particulatrly sticks in my memory because she once went home and left me outside Sainsburys in my pram.

By Jester (18/04/2011)

I think it's London Road, the grand houses, with shops built in the front, are still similar today, could even be the roof of St Bart's on the left in the background!

By Peter Groves (18/04/2011)

This is the west side of London Road, you can just see the mock Tudor roof of the Branch Tavern on the corner of York Hill. These lovely villas that lined London road, had their front gardens built on to form shop fronts. The shop on the corner next to Sainsburys is now Richer Sounds.

By Michael Brittain (18/04/2011)

This is London Road towards Preston Circus.

By Julie Annets (18/04/2011)

Judging what looks like Trolleybus overhead I am taking a mad guess and placing this as London Road. Ted Waltons was well known greengrocer in Brighton in the 50s and also had a shop in Western Road. I am basing my guess on the fact that a lot of Western Road shops also had second outlets in the London Area.

By JOHN WIGNALL (18/04/2011)

Hi, the picture depicts a range of shops from 54-57B, London Road, probably around 1955. Ranging from the left the shops are as follows: H.T.Hollis (Seed Merchants), J.Sainsbury (Grocer), T.Walton (Fruiterers), Donald Slyden (Watch Repairer), Vivian Bamford (Tobacconist), Jonas Victor (cafe) and The Stocking Box (Hosier). Regards Andy.

By Andy Grant (18/04/2011)

These shops were the section of London Road between York Hill and New England Road. I remember the Sainsbury's shop from when I was a boy.

By Derek Lake (18/04/2011)

I googled T. Walton (London) Ltd. and came up with a web site. London Rd. It shows all the shops in London Road area from the 20s to 2001. The site says T. Waltons was at 56 Preston Circus in 1920 and up to 1951. In 1969 it is gone, but several of the other shops are still there. The web site seems a great resource.

By Eric Cook (20/04/2011)

So do I, Derek. Biscuits sold by weight from large canisters with glass tops, and the end one was always for the broken biscuits. Ladies in turbans cutting the cheese to weight for you with a piano wire. Those were the days!

By Len Liechti (20/04/2011)

This is definitely London Road. Broadmead Wireless Co took over Waltons No 56 one weekend in 1956 or 1957and transformed it into a radio & television shop. It opened on the Monday ready to trade. They also had a shop at 103 Baker Street, on the corner, until the Co-op extended their store.

By Alan Southwell (07/05/2011)

This is definitely London Road. I remember going into Sainsburys on a Saturday and near the end of the day they would sell off the fruit pies and meat for 6p, and also broken eggs in boxes

By beryl thompson nee morley (11/05/2011)

Yes it's London Road, I used to walk past there every day to go to Margaret Hardy school. I remember Bamfords where I used to get my dad's novelty ashtrays and bottle openers for presents.

By Anne Newman (12/05/2011)

I started my working life at Sainsburys 55 London Rd in April 1966,as a dairy boy (the lowest rung) I used to have to box up the broken eggs mentioned in an earlier comment. They went into waxed cartons similar to the milk cartons of the time. We had to make up the cheese wires from wooden handles and a large roll of wire. It was difficult to bend and cut and I had finger ends awash with blood and Elastoplast! From dairy boy I moved on to being a bacon boy, boning endless sides of bacon, the sides used to hang in the shop on hooks behind the counter. The buildings seen in the picture above the shops were the staff quarters 'The House' where we had a dining room and changing areas. In spite of us having a small canteen we patronised the Dolphin Cafe on the corner of York Hill and Providence Place which sold magnificent cheese rolls, crisp crust with a flour and salt coating ... I can see, taste and feel it even now!

By Geoffrey Mead (15/06/2011)

Does anyone know where I can get hold of a small book that came out about a year or so ago - it was all about London Road and had a lot of photos of how it used to look, including some of the houses that still exist at the far north end of London Road? I saw this book at a W.I. meeting held in Old London Road Memorial Hall. Obviously written by someone local.  I wish I had bought it at the time. 

By Irene Dobson (23/01/2014)

The book is "London Road, Brighton's First Suburb", the ISBN is 978-0-9564380-0-3, and it is £11.50. Probably you can find it on the net!

By Peter Groves (24/01/2014)

Irene, the book is called "London Road: Brighton's First Suburb", and is available on Amazon at £11.50. I have a copy and it's very interesting!

By Janet Beal (24/01/2014)

Thanks for info on that book, will definitely try and get it now.

By Irene Dobson (22/04/2014)

Sainsbury's store used to be located in St James Street, Brighton and I think it was where Morrisons is now located.

By Susan (12/10/2015)

Sainsbury's was at 24, St James St. Originally it was just counter service but in the late 1960s it had an annex that was almost a separate self-service store. When it closed it was replaced by the Scout Camping Shop in both units. It was almost on the corner of Dorset Gardens above the current Morrisons. I worked at many JS branches in the area [see above] but never at 24 [as it was known]; it had a huge trade in catering for the B&Bs and small hotels south of St James St. It was not uncommon for a customer to request a number of slices of bacon, presumably 2 per guest, rather than the more usual "a pound of rashers please". This entailed counting every rasher rather than just doing it by weight.

By Geoffrey Mead (13/10/2015)

London Road.  That is St Barts Church in the background.  My mother learned to bone bacon in that Sainsbury's!  We lived in Whitecross Street early 50s.

By Linda Horsburgh (nee Waller) (22/10/2015)

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