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201a Preston Road and Preston Village was built in 1899 with 203 and 205 by Penfold the builder who had an office and workshop in South Road. The rear of 201 Preston Road was a coal yard and a builder's merchants. These things all came by horse and cart. The Stanford Estate owned all the land in North Hove, and the Shirley Drive area, and building covenants still exist. Soon after 1900 Lauriston Road was built, so were the shops. They were ladies wear, Butcher, Greengrocer, dairy and a corner grocer.
201 was a shoe repairer, 203 was Ambrose hairdresser and tobacconist, 205 Clarks bakery, 207 the chemist, 209 the post office. National papers did not yet come to Brighton there were only the Sussex Daily News, and the Brighton and Hove Herald.
The flint house 199 Preston Road and a similar house in South Road must have been used by staff at the manor. South Road was built for use by farm carts to access farmland beyond.
The railway came to Brighton in 1841and Preston Park Station provided an alternative access to Brighton as the existing horse-bus from Patcham was very slow.
Preston Manor was bounded by by a flint wall which was knocked down in the 1960's when the road was widened.
So there were no cars, no buses only cycles. After 1903 there were trams in Beaconsfield Road and Ditchling Road and by 1914 there were trams in Patcham and Brighton.
Compton Road and Inwood Crescent were built for railway workers in the 1900's

By Peter Dutton Briant (31/10/2007)

The Crown and Anchor was my favourite watering hole during my 20s. I would walk from Springfield Road to join the lads for a drink most evenings. Names that come to mind are Mick Cullen, Chris Dawson, Gary Brown, John Questier, Andy Hornsby. Who could forget Churchill lookalike and Landlord - Leigh Dilley and outrageously camp barman - Colin!

By Martin Scrace (24/12/2008)

Hello Martin - those were happy days indeed at the Crown, and the occasional 'raid' on the Brewery Tap. Does anyone know what happened to Colin (Vinesse?) the barman at the Crown?

By John Questier (30/01/2009)

John, I beleive he died after an illness sometime ago. Not sure around the detail but it could have been almost anything. I do recall he was fond of a drink or seven. Still see Duncan wandering around Barnstaple. Email me on martin.scrace@talk21.com

By Martin Scrace (04/02/2009)

I am curious about the large cockerel motifs above numbes 201 and 203. Does anyone know how they came about?

By Arthur Stack (26/03/2011)

Does anyone have any info /photos about Brazier Scooters situated between the tea rooms and Ambroses in the 1960s. I would be very grateful.

By Brian Muggridge (27/01/2013)

I am looking for an old picture of Lauriston Road with no.12 when it was first built as I think it was one of the first houses to go up. Can anyone help?

By Jo-Ann Bowers (nee Schone) (12/04/2013)

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