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I didn't see a picture of Middle Street School?? where I attended.  We used to go into the basement of the Hippodrome during air raids during the Second World War.  I went now and again to the Synagogue there as a child.  I remember my mother and friends going to the Sea House occassionally on a Saturday night. (Love the site!)

By Anita (28/01/2008)

I used to collect autographs at the Stage Door of the Hippodrome in the 1950s (eg Alma Cogan). Nearby was a wood supplier - as kids we bought wood to build 2 canoes - anyone remember the name of the wood yard?

By Don Grant (29/01/2008)

Does anyone know anything about Parker's Hotel, which I believe was on the corner of the front and West Street.

By Lee Stein (11/06/2008)

I remember seeing Frankie Vaughen coming out of the garage next door. I walked back with him to the stage door. I recall he was carrying a bag of fish! Someone took a photo...  I would love to see it.

By Jennifer Tonks (nee Smith) (26/08/2008)

The timber supplier in Middle Street was Peerles & son. Between the timber yard and the Hippodrome was a garage called The Dreadnought which later became Wadham Stringers.

By John deFuszard (28/01/2009)

My grandfather Rudolf Pratschke operated a boarding house or small hotel at 35 Middle Street from about 1910 to about 1914. On a recent visit to Brighton, I was not sure where this house would have stood in relationship to the school buildings or indeed to the other buildings in the street. I would very much appreciate any help in identifying where 35 was (or is).

By John L. Pratschke (22/02/2009)

My parents, Renzo and Rita Passi, opened the first Italian restaurant in about 1957 at 5 Middle Street. I was the youngest of four children and we lived above "Rossi's Ices". Mum and Dad used to be given free tickets for the Hippodrome, Unfortunately I was too young but my oldest brother and sister got to see the Beatles, the Stones and many others. I was allowed to see Billy J Kramer - I was about 5 years old and yes it was because I loved "Little Children". We had a Mod thrown through a plate glass window during the battle of the mods and rockers. My parents were the first to serve spaghetti bolognese in Brighton but they said that customers would not order it, most did not know what it was and if anyone did try it they complained about it saying it was foreign muck. We were there till I was 9 years old in 1968 and we then moved to Hove.

By Teresa Murray (nee Passi) (12/02/2012)

To answer John L. Pratschke: Number 35 was on the west side of Middle Street, approximately half way between Boyces Street and Duke Street. Google Street View should help you get a better feel for this.

By Diana Linden (12/03/2012)

Thank you so much Diana for your information; it will make my next visit to Brighton even better. Sorry for the long delay in noting your informations.

By John L Pratschke (20/02/2013)

My mother, Winifred 'Winnie' Summerford (as she would have been then), was 'in service' to Mrs Williams who owned the Sea House pub in Middle Street - this was in the 1930s. She often spoke about her time there with great affection for this Jewish family who treated her like a daughter. She left (I think) in 1939/40 when she married my father, James Jeffery.

By James Jeffery (19/08/2013)

Hello John. I am looking for photographic records of the Dreadnought garages that spanned Middle Street and Ship Street. It was a very large garage that was the major Austin dealer for the area, as I understand it. Do you have any more info on the garages? Thanks Ben

By Ben (20/05/2016)

Does anybody remember Chick's Club in 1966? He was a window cleaner by day and a club owner by night, God knows when he slept. The club was at 6 or 7 Middle Street. There were 4 snooker tables and 6 or 8 card tables with a small coffee bar. It was always open till the small hours of the mornings. It was a busy place with a mix of different people including knocker boys and gamblers. Good atmosphere.

By George (10/07/2017)