Local Folk

Imperial Rifle Club

By Peter Grossmith

Photo:Imperial Rifle Club entrance in Madeira Drive

Imperial Rifle Club entrance in Madeira Drive

From the private collection of Peter Grossmith

Visited the club in the 1950s

As a young lad in the 1950s, I remember visiting the rifle range with my father, Alfred Grossmith, who was a member of the Imperial Rifle Club. He had previously been a member of Brighton Corporation Waterworks Rifle Club.

Archway under Marine Parade

The rifle range was located in one of the archways under Marine Parade and was accessed via an entrance door from the elevated terrace of Madeira Drive. During a recent visit to Brighton seafront I was able to find the original entrance door to the range, now shuttered (see right).

The photograph below probably taken in the 1950s, shows members of the rifle club, my father is in the front row on the extreme right.

Photo:Imperial Rifle Club members

Imperial Rifle Club members

From the private collection of Peter Grossmith

This page was added on 09/05/2012.
Comments about this page

Why is this place not still operational?

By Adrian Rainbow (17/12/2016)

Hi Peter, thats my dad Ken Wallage in the front row second left. I have the same photo. I don't know if there was any special reason the pic was taken - maybe they had won something. Are there any club archives?

By Chris Wallage (22/01/2017)

Hi Chris, many thanks for adding another name to the photo. So far I haven't been able to locate any club archives and had no luck at the NSRA. I am going to try the East Sussex Archive at The Keep, Falmer to see if they have anything relating to the rifle club. I found my copy of the photo after my Dad died and like you I don't know why the photo was taken. The 1939 Kelly's directory lists the club secretary (Imperial Rifle Club, Brighton and Hove) as E.W. Collins, a position my Dad also held at sometime as I have his 5 year NSRA Distinguished Service medal for 'Imperial R.C. Brighton.'

By Peter Grossmith (24/01/2017)

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