Tillstone Street

Widows' Cottages

By Jennifer Drury

Photo:Tillstone Street c1946

Tillstone Street c1946

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

When Spa Street was demolished in the late 1890s under a slum clearance scheme, and replaced by Tillstone Street which runs from Park Hill to Eastern Road. It contained a row of almshouses built in 1852 by the Soames family for needy widows over sixty years of age remained on the site.  In the background of the first photograph is the chimney of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

The cottages remained in occupation until the mid 1960s. They were then demolished and Brighton Corporation subsequently built six one-bedroomed flats as shown in the second photograph.

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Photo:Tillstone Street 2012

Tillstone Street 2012

Photo by Tony Mould: click on the image to open a large version in a new window

This page was added on 19/06/2012.
Comments about this page

In the first photo the rather fine chimney of St Andrews Presbyterian Church - now Park Hill Evangelical Church - is actually a sewer vent. It is now somewhat shortened but must be one of the more impressive sewer vents in the city!

By Chris Fry (21/06/2012)

My mother lives in one of these one bedroom flats and has done for over 30 years. They were used for elderly people but now are offered to anyone on the Council lists. It is interesting to see the picture above with a parking space - this is a rarity indeed in everyday life!

By Laine (28/06/2012)

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