Mystery photos of Brighton and Hove

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This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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This photograph is of William Street. The large arch doorway was, so I've been told, a bed and breakfast or Doss House for tramps, run by Lou Morris. There is a lady called Rosie Sullivan who lives at 114, Albion Hill, who can remember this street as it is depicted and also remembers Lou Morris and his Doss Houses. Interestingly enough, I don't know if you remember an expression that the Old Folks had, which was ' He's so tired, he'd sleep on a clothes line!' This expression derives from the habit in many Doss Houses where a length of rope was strung across the room and men actually leant across it and slept. In the morning it was cut down! This must have been the Good Old Days!

By Marion Devoy (15/04/2005)

The mystery photo of the boarded up shop is of Mrs Goldring's bakers shop in William Street off Edward Street. Source: Pike's Directory 1933/34.

By Pat Benham (16/04/2005)

My great-great-grandfather, William James Allen, was born at 25 William Street in 1859. It was great to see a picture of the street, now demolished.

By P. E. Goulding (16/04/2005)

It is the west side of William Street looking towards Carlton Hill. You may observe that the houses are boarded up awaiting demolition, which occured in 1937. I believe this is one of the photos from the James S. Gray collection. My mother was born at No.56 in August 1923.

By Tony West (22/07/2005)

My grandparents lived at 55 William Street in 1908. Their names were Lillian Homewood, who married Richard Standing.

By J. (16/08/2006)

James L Major and his wife Frances lived at 32 William St according to the 1881 and 1901 census. James was a coachbuilder and the 1901 census states 'employer at home'. If the numbers go straight that would make the Large Arch Doorway number 32 if they go that way, so I wonder if that was his. The 1891 census shows him living at Dinapore Street.

By Josie Campbell (06/10/2006)

My great great great grandparents were living at 44 William Street in 1881. Thomas Banks was a shoe maker and lived there with his wife Elizabeth and their family.

By jackie (25/12/2006)

You could get 'tick' at the shop but, if you failed to repay on Friday, the sons would 'come round' for the money.

By Pete (11/09/2007)

In 1881 my great aunt's future husband Harry Turton lived at 49 William Street with his father William, a law writer, and mother Esther. They were all born in Hackney, London. No idea why they were in Brighton! Harry and Esther returned to Hackney after William died in 1888.

By Ruth (20/09/2007)

My great grandparents, lived at 57 William Street in 1891, Robert Henry Nicholls, wife Frances Louisa Nicholls, I would be very grateful for any photos or information. Thanks. Great site

By Angela C Wilcox (06/01/2010)

I was born at number ten William Street and it was about three doors away from Lou Morris. Used to see dossers coming and going all night and day.

By Duffy Newman (30/03/2010)

I would like to hear from anyone that knows anything about my grandfather Lou Morris. My email is Perhaps Mr Duffy Newman can help?

By Anonymous (14/01/2011)

I've been trying to find out which uncle my dad lived with after his mum died. I know they lived in William Street. I visited Brighton and went to the history centre where I checked the old electoral roles but, there were so many Newmans & Sullivans on William Street I am none the wiser. His mum died in 1920 & they lived at number 58. My dad said his uncle had a cart & later a horse so I think it must have been a Sullivan as they were hawkers. Any info would be a help.

By Anne Newman (27/06/2011)

I can remember my father Spud Whatman, who lived in Sun Street saying that when there was a fight at Lou Morris's doss house, Lou would lock the gate to stop anyone getting out and then wade in to sort it out.

By Dave Whatman (02/08/2012)

My dad William Banfield was born at no. 60 in 1908. Love to know more.

By Janet Lineker (24/10/2012)

Mrs. Goldring's Baker shop: the boarded up shop on William Street was my maternal Grandmother's, Sarah Ann May Goldring! Pat Benham, thank you so much! Do you know anymore about this shop or does anyone else knows anything? My Grandfather died soon after he came back from WW1, shell-shocked and gassed. My Grandmother ran the shop with her remaining children until she could no longer do it. My grandmother had a total of about 14 children, including 2 sets of twins, most died at birth, but she was left with 3 boys and 3 girls to raise. The girls were Daisy, Lilian and Ivy, the boys, Frank, Sonny (Herbert) and Freddie. My Mother was Lilian May Goldring, she married Joseph Hemsley in 1928. I long to know more of those days, please.

By Ivy (Hemsley) Dykstra (11/10/2017)

Really interesting to see the above comments about William Street.  My great grandfather (George Harman) is shown on the 1881 Census as living at 56 William Street and my father (John Warner - 13 at the time) and my grandmother (Mary Ann Warner nee Harman) are shown on the 1911 Census as living in No 57 William Street.  If anyone has any information or photos I would be delighted to hear.

By Jonathan Warner (20/02/2018)

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