About North Place

Photo:North Place looking towards North Road

North Place looking towards North Road

Photo by Maureen Brand

A brief history

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

North Place was built 1870-74, two terraces of four-storey houses facing each other. It runs from the lower end of the southern side of North Road, and at the end of North Place are steps leading down to the piazza level of the Prince Regent swimming and fitness complex and the Jubilee Library.

Michael Trotobas of SOE

A former resident of No 1 North Place was Captain Michael Trotobas, who parachuted into occupied France in 1942 as a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). He spent the next 12 months recruiting French men and women into his organisation, the Farmer Network, causing havoc and damage to the German war machine in the north of the country, based in Lille. In 1943 he and his group were responsible for a train derailment, damage to 40 trucks and the destruction of 22 transformers, which halted production at the Fives-Lille engineering works in June 1943. He died following the arrest of one of the leaders of the group who, when tortured, gave the address where Trotobas was living.

This page was added on 25/02/2008.

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