Lintott Avenue (no longer exists)

Photo:House in Lintott Avenue in Whitehawk

House in Lintott Avenue in Whitehawk

Photo from private collection of Ken Powell

A 1930s council house

Text by Geoff Mead, landscape historian

I picked this out as my favourite photo because I thought it was important that we looked at the everyday, and the council house was very much the face of Brighton in the 1960s. This house at Lintott Avenue in Whitehawk was probably built in the late 1930s. Many people who grew up the 1960s were living in 1930s housing projects, such as those at Moulsecoomb, Whitehawk and Patcham.

Geoff Mead, landscape historian, selecting winners in a 1960s photo competition, 16-05-04
Submitted to website at My Brighton and Hove 1960s photo event at the History Centre, May 2004
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
Lintott Avenue used to be the eastern terminus of the No 1 bus route, so the name was well known in Brighton.
By Martin Nimmo (30/06/2004)
Not only was Lintott Avenue the end of the No. 1 bus route, it was at the junction of Whitehawk Avenue, which had the only four shops for the whole estate - unless you count the man with his horse and cart and the one with mobile van (cannot remember names now).
By R H Scott-Spencer (26/01/2005)
The house you show in the picture was occupied for a time during the war by a detactment of the RAFREG, who were manning a pom-pom gun that was set in the hillside above the sports pavilion of the football fields. These were situated along one side of Whitehawk Road.
By Peter Pryer (07/03/2005)
I remember visiting the sweet shop in Lintott Ave as a young boy. I lived in Manor Farm (Manor Hill and then Maresfield Road) for twenty years. The mention of Lintott Ave always makes me very sad as my father was killed in a road accident in March 1970 before my second birthday.
By Mick Kedian (15/03/2005)
The 'man with the van' was probably 'Berry's'. He did the rounds selling groceries, ciggies and sweets. A few years later, Tim Stables did a grocer's van round. I believe he moved on to become 'Tastables' greengrocers.
By An old Whitehawk resident (13/02/2006)
The man with the horse and cart was most likley Mr Robinson, who used to have a greengrocer's business in a large shed/hut at the rear of his house in Whitehawk Road.
By Brian Anderson (11/04/2006)

The greengrocer with the horse and cart I think you'll find was Mr Cracknell who owned the greengrocers in the Broadway. The horse was stabled in Sussex Mews in Eastern Road which is now Easton Road Petrol Station.

By Albet Back (25/05/2007)

Does anyone remember the Mears family from Lintott Avenue? Fred and Shirley, children: Andrew, Jane, Julie and Lisa? I am Julie's daughter and I am doing my family tree and would love someone to take me back to my family's childhood. Many thanks.

By Emma Lewry (10/06/2008)
Does anyone have any knowledge of Lintott Avenue and its origins? My grandfather was from Brighton. The family story is that his father disowned him because he wanted to marry a Scottish girl. However, family memories are often not memories at all and just manufactured stories! As children, we never visited Brighton. My grandfather had refused to take my father or his brothers and sisters. The Lintott name is very famous in Brighton and throughout Sussex, or so I believe. It would be interesting to find out about my family. Thank you.
By Andy Lintott (13/07/2009)

Has any one got any more photos of Whitehawk estate (the old estate)

By peter bridger (16/04/2010)

My grandmother claims Lintott Avenue was named after her grandmother Sarah Lintott who was landlady at the Sawyer Arms (was at 38 Upper Bedford Street). There is more info on the Lintott family at

By Robin Wilson (05/02/2011)

I believe this street was built by my great great grandfather to house his workers. The family owned a fleet of steamrollers and also built many of the roads on the south coast!

By barry lintott (04/04/2013)

There seems to be a great number of claims made regarding the naming of Lintott Avenue. The road was developed from around 1932. The truth is most likely to be that it was a council led development and the road was named after Alderman John Lintott, who was a lead member of the Housing Sub-Committee. He was also a builder and surveyor, whose name can be found on deeds to a large number of properties in Brighton built during that time. Regards, Andy

By Andy Grant (06/04/2013)

The explanation posted by Andy Grant would seem very plausible. My Great Grandfather was Alderman Lintott. My Grandmother (his youngest daughter) said that he was both an Alderman and a builder who built many houses in Brighton. If I find any more details I will post them. I do not know if Barry Lintott is a distant relative. So very interesting.

By Rob Cheatle (06/09/2014)

Rob Cheatle, please contact me regarding your great grandfather, Alderman Lintott.

By Sally (15/12/2017)

If anyone is genuinely related to Alderman John Lintott/Captain J Lintott of Brighton. Please contact me

By Sally (15/12/2017)

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