Black Lion Street

Then and now photos

19th century view
At the end of the street, on the left, you can still faintly see the outline of today's Black Lion pub.  The original building was part of one of the oldest brewery buildings in the world. The Black Lion brewery was established in 1546 by Deryk Carver, a Flemish immigrant, the first Protestant to be martyred under Mary I.

20th century view
On the left, you can clearly see the original brewery building which is recreated in today's Black Lion pub. It is topped by a weathercock.  The building on the right is the back of the old Market. You can see the front of the Market in the twentieth century photo of Market Street, elsewhere on this tour.

21st century view
This shot shows Black Lion Street in The Lanes, looking inland from the sea.  At the end of the street, on the left, you can see the tall roof of the Black Lion pub, topped by a weathercock. This roof profile has survived the centuries. However, the pub itself is a 1974 reconstruction of the ancient brewery buildings that originally stood on the site.

Photo:19th century view

19th century view

Image reproduced with permission from Brighton History Centre

Photo:20th century view

20th century view

From the private collection of Bert Clayton

Photo:21st Century view.

21st Century view.

Photograph by Tricia Leonard

This page was added on 19/08/2006.
Comments about this page

My great great grandmother, Louisa Jane Jaggard was living at 1 Black Lion St at the time of her marriage to John Morrison on 16th November 1864, at the Presbyterian Church, Church St, Brighton. Thank you so much for the photos.

By Lynley Chapman, Whitby, Porirua, New Zealand (08/06/2007)

My relative, Auguste Le Miere, operated his egg, butter and fruit importing business at 23 & 24 Black Lion Street from the 1850s through to the 1880s, and perhaps beyond this date.

By Don Cameron (31/01/2008)

My grandfather Rudolf Pratschke operated a restaurant from 1907 (probably to 1910) on Black Lion Street, but I cannot trace the house number or where it might lie with respect to the present appearance of the street. Any assistance or guidance would be most welcome.

By John L. Pratschke (20/02/2009)

Hi, just looked at your pics. My great, great grandfather (John Hodges) was the licencee of the Black Lion (77 Gloster Rd, Brighton). Do you know if this is the same pub? Many thanks.

By Chris Hodges (08/03/2009)

My Great Aunt Annie and husband Herbert Steel, on the 1911 census, ran a boarding house at No.7 Black Lion Street. It looks like all boarders were male and they had 2 servants. Can anyone tell me if No.7 still stands and, if not, what side of the road was it on? The Black Lion Inn is No.14.

By Joyce Jackson (03/04/2015)

Hi Joyce. No.7 Black Lion Street was on the western side of the road, on a corner into the entrance of the Old Ship Assembly Rooms. At the street level part of the building were dining rooms. Unfortunately it is no longer there. Regards Andy

By Andy Grant (04/04/2015)

Thanks Andy for the information, interesting that there was a dining area on the first floor because Annie was recorded as Manageress of Dining rooms and Herbert a cabman. But also they were both head of the house hold. All the boarders were chauffeurs. Does anyone know if there are records of businesses in the Jubilee library? Annie died in 1936 but Herbert in 1957. I wonder how long they continued the business.

By Joyce Jackson (15/04/2015)

Butler's fishing tackle shop was located next door to the Brewery Shades pub (run by my grandmother). I have photos of the facade which never seem to appear in historic books or images of this street. Perhaps a missing link

By Bob Butler (14/04/2016)

Bob, I wonder if I would be able to have a copy of a photo that you have of Butler's Fishing Tackle shop? I'm making a scrapbook for my stepdad's 70th birthday and his Mum and Dad used to run the shop. I'd love to include it. My email is jackiedunne73@hotmail.com. Many thanks.

By Jackie Dunne (21/05/2016)

My grandmother and father, along with their children, lived at number 11 Black Lion St, and ran a little tea room from that address around about the 1920s. The last time I was there it had been pulled down and was the TSB office.

By Beverley Triber (28/07/2017)

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