London Road Station

Staff photo 1925

By James Type

This is a photo of the staff of London Road Station Brighton in 1925.  As you can see they had quite a few staff back then in 1925.  I believe now there are only one or two! Does anyone reconize any of the staff?

Photo:London Road station staff in 1925

London Road station staff in 1925

From the private collection of Jim Type

This page was added on 20/01/2007.
Comments about this page

It would help to see the photo enlarged as I have bad eye sight.

By Julie Annets (21/01/2007)

Do you have any photos of the other side of the station bridge depicting what the land was used for?  I've heard it might have been allotments or a garden for the stationmaster.

By Sylvia (22/08/2007)

I lived in Springfield Road from 1953 until 1964 and the wild overgrown area next door to the pub was very well tended allotments, for as far back as I can remember.
The railway staff were brilliant, and allowed us to use the little waiting rooms as our base as children. Much of our time was spent there and the railwaymen were always very kind and helpful and allowed us to watch the steam engines and draw the wildlife and play, and fill in our 'I Spy' Books and do school topics. They taught us safety on the railway too, and we complied with this, and so we had a great time. The 1950s were like something out of Enid Blyton, and we had a brilliant childhood!

By Mary Funnell (25/06/2008)

As a small boy I would spend hours on London Road station bridge, collecting train numbers. I went to school at Downs, in Ditchling Road and after school we would run down to the station to watch a steam train that ran from Birkenhead to Eastboune go past, I think it left Brighton at 4.27. This was in the early '50s. A highlight of the day, as most trains were electric, apart from those that went up to East Grinstead or Tunbridge wells

By Ron James (14/11/2013)

I lived on Springfield Rd just opposite the Springfield Hotel.  London Rd Station was, to me, a fascinating place.  I remember the hydrogen sulphide smell of the occasional steam engine as I stood on the footbridge over the tracks - and I was always on the lookout for the electric trains that had the communication bellows joining the carriages.  These were a rarity and were usually only seen on the Brighton to London runs.

By Phil Allsopp (09/08/2014)

I recall this station. On occasions when taking the train somewhere for the day, or even a week’s holiday, dad would drive us from Hollingbury, down to 45 Shaftesbury Road, where my grandparents lived, park the car outside their house and we’d then walk along Shaftesbury Road, across Ditchling Rise to this station. It meant the car was guarded over for the period we were away and was there to drive home in again whatever time we got back into Brighton.

By Sandra Bohtlingk-Baldwin (12/08/2014)

I lived at 43 Shaftesbury Road and would walk to and from the Downs over the railway bridge.  Sometimes we would climb up the outside of the bridge - it was clad in an iron trellis work.  We'd stand on the bridge and watch the steam engines thunder past.  Latterly, they became all electric. There were two ways to get into the centre of town - catch a bus at the Circus or take the train from London Road.  Both cost the same amount (3d each way) but the train was so much more exciting.  There was a sawmill just up the track on the south side of the station - can still remember the off smell of British Rail and sawdust.

By Marc Turner (13/08/2014)

Hi to Marc Turner. I wonder if you knew my grandparents, then at number 45. Not sure what years you are speaking of but from the 3d price for the train ride, I imagine you must have lived at number 43 somewhere during the same period.  Their name was Ransom and they lived at 45 Shaftesbury Road from before I was born in 1946 till the late 1960s. I am assuming number 43 and 45 were beside each other.

By Sandra Bohtlingk-Baldwin (14/08/2014)

Hi Sandra.  My family lived there from about 1961 - 1968.  45 is next to 43 - to the right, when looking at them from the street.  I was quite young and don't really remember much about the adults in the area.  I do remember that the neighbours had two sons - probably in their early 20s, and they drove everywhere in a black Transit van.  I think my Mum said they were in the antiques trade.  Does that ring any bells with you?

By Marc Turner (17/08/2014)

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