Stanford Avenue

Developed from the 1880s

Reproduced with permission from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990

Please note that this text is an extract from a reference work written in 1990.  As a result, some of the content may not reflect recent research, changes and events.

c) STANFORD AVENUE: This wide road was developed from the 1880s on Stanford family land with large semi-detached villas; other substantial housing, including a good red-brick row at nos.97-117, was added in the 1890s and 1900s. St Augustine's Church, a large, red-brick edifice in Perpendicular style, was built in 1896 by G.E.Streatfield with a clerestoried nave and an apsidal chancel, and has stained glass by Charles Kempe of 1901-2; the church hall was built in 1901 in memory of Queen Victoria, and the parish has combined with St Saviour's. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church was built in 1897-8 in Early English Style by E.J.Hamilton, with a small lantern spire. {1,45,62,83}

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

This page was added on 13/10/2007.
Comments about this page

In the 1950s I lived in 78 Waldegrave Road. I sang in the choir of St Augustine's church.

By Bernard Hill (04/01/2009)

I was married in Stanford Ave Methodist Church on August 24th 1963

By Brenda Patrick /Mells (23/06/2014)

Hallo again Brenda. I was also married here, St Augustine’s Church, September 1966. As this was not my parish church my fiancée and I had to attend church there several times in advance of the big day to show we were connected to, and using, the facilities properly. I would have thought this was also out of your parish too but maybe the man you married lived in this area.
I have posted a picture of myself outside the church in my wedding outfit here -
But that is another story!
Apart from your sister and our place of marriage, I wonder what else we have in common?  Best wishes.

By Sandra Bohtlingk-Baldwin (23/06/2014)

How well I remember Stanford Avenue Methodist Church, With the Rev. Boggis and the 7th Brighton Scouts with Hayden Carr as Skip. Many happy memories also with Alan Morgan, the Merringtons, Ron Hill, Muff Potter, Keith Brown, Dave Richardson and a lot of others who will forgive my memory at present but will hopefully remind me! Also had a lovely girlfriend, Ann Underwood, who lived nearby in St Andrews Road; dearly hope she is still healthy and happy with her son Michael.

By Tony Stevens (09/11/2015)

The 7th Brighton Scouts (formerly the 6th Brighton North) moved to the Methodist church in 1943 because their previous meeting place in Preston Road was damaged when the viaduct was bombed. Although it was a bit further from home, the move suited me well. In due course I joined the Church and played piano for the Sunday School hymns. I also joined the Youth Club, so well run by Messrs. Alcock and Gilroy. Members included Jean Alcock (who married Bill Dawkins, one of the Scouts and later a Brighton Policeman), Zoe Fry, Marie Wicks, Pat Leaper, June Anderson, Jean Elsey - I don't remember the boy's names so well. We had a splendid holiday in Lynton in 1949 (before the flood) and stayed in a chalet type place called "The Rookery". We made several excursions to Watersmeet, The Valley of the Rocks, Clovelly, etc. it was my first visit to Devon and the beauty of the countryside made a lasting impression on me. With fond memories.

By Chris Strick (17/04/2016)

I was baptised at St. Augustines in 1949 and went to Cubs and Scouts in 4th Brighton in the hut [now gone] in Florence Rd. St. Augustines has a lot of building work going on at the present, I think the hall is being turned into housing inside the original structure. The church door is often open with builders there but not sure if it is undergoing renovation or change of use.

By Geoffrey Mead (18/04/2016)

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