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My stepfather – Frederick Aliandro, not Alexander – was the harpist and Giuseppe was the violinist, they were not brothers. Originally there was five musicians. Grandad used to play on the Paddle steamers along the coast.
I was at Stanford Primary until 1961 and a few years back from that I recall going to the Box brothers at Hassocks. The one clear memory was when we were in the hut having tea one of the Box brothers appeared at the window wearing a bear’s head!
Can anyone please direct me to where I can still find a copy of the booklet showing Fulking Grange when it stood? The Fulking webmaster refuses blank to reply to my emailed query and not living nearby I don’t know how to locate a shop that might have it. I am firstname.lastname@example.org and writing a book about the 1899 tenant of The Grange, George Gouraud. Any image anyone can supply as a jpeg would be very welcome.
Peter Vickers was my 3x great grandfather and came from Bunbury in Cheshire. He lived for a time in Dublin where he had a gun shop, at 10 Aungier Street, and relocated to Brighton as a gunsmith with the Royal Hussars based at Preston Barracks. His daughter Naomi, my great great grandma, lived with her grandparents at the Bear Inn in Lewes Road.
The Rockery was the work of Brighton’s head of Parks & Gardens Capt. Bertie McLaren and was developed in the 1920s. Rock was brought in from Somerset to a railway sidings at the top of the slope and unloaded from there. I think the confusion over the names arises from an old house with the name Rookery which was nearby. In the early 1960s this was my paper round from the newsagents on the junction of Dyke Rd Drive and Preston Rd and I am sure one house had that name.
My father went to Prestonville School in the early 1930s. He is now deceased. His view on the school was rather negative: “At Prestonville I learned to hold a spoon in the correct manner. I made a friend called Potter on the Downs, he was a rough guy. During one Divinity lesson by Mr Phillips he made the remark ‘That a miracle was a heavenly event and with an earthly meaning’. I did not like Prestonville. I dreaded swimming lessons it was cold and we were shivering, as we went to Hove Baths in a school bus, father said it was not nice. In the next term I was sent to Mowden School, which I enjoyed. Mowden was in the Drove Way in Brighton. Mr Snell has a son and he used to give lectures and he was champion of England in squash. He used to say that he me Al Capone the gangster. He played squash with Amir Bey from Egypt whom he beat. He later married Delia Strawson from the house next door to us in Allerton”.