Brighton & Hove Revisited

Western Road

By Peter Groves

In 2007, when I wrote about the development of Western Road, and how up until the early 1900's front gardens opened onto Western Road, I never dreamed I would come across a photo showing them.

This rare photo is from a collection belonging to Reverend Anthony Martlew, and shows on the right hand side the trees of the gardens, of what was once called Codrington Place, now part of Western Road.

Photo:Western Road c. 1897

Western Road c. 1897

From the private collection of Rev. Anthony Martlew

Photo:Western Road March 2013

Western Road March 2013

Photo by Peter Groves

This page was added on 20/03/2013.
Comments about this page

Hi, what memories these photos bring back, when I was a child in the 1950 and 60s and living in Hove my father was deputy manager of a shoe shop called Milwards which was on the site of the present William Hill. It had two levels, street level and a basement, down stairs and towards the rear was an area set up as a model railway/station area, the train layout was quite large and of the old tin plate type although electric, the station area had a wooden rocking horse and various other station furniture. My Dad would take me to work with him on Saturday morning and I would be allowed to play there until collected by mum at lunch time. I now live near Nottingham. Oh, what memories, thank you. Ken B.

By Ken Barrington (20/03/2013)

Was the railway to pacify the children while their parents bought shoes, Ken? Shouldn't there be a new photo of the other side of the street to clarify the story of gardens leading down to Western Road ?

By Stefan Bremner-Morris (22/03/2013)

The buildings in Codrington Place, called Codrington Mansions, are still there, but shops now occupy the former front gardens.

By Alan Hobden (27/03/2013)

A straightforward question, was this the same model railway that used to be in the basement of Leesons at the top of North Street? I have left a comment on Leesons so it would be nice to be able to compare stories.

By JOHN WIGNALL (27/04/2013)

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