About Gloucester Road

Photo:Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road

Photo by Peter Crowhurst

Photo:Once the Union Inn, Gloucester Road

Once the Union Inn, Gloucester Road

Photo by Maureen Brand

Gloucester Road

A brief history

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

Viewing the bustling streets of North Laine today, it is difficult to imagine a calmer and quieter time, but in a book A Peep into the Past - Brighton in the Olden Time by J G Bishop, 1892, he describes the following:

"Speaking of cricket, it may be stated that, between 1830 and 1840, Trafalgar Street could boast a cricket field - Shoosmith's - who kept The Union Inn, Glo'ster Lane, from the front of which Inn the field ran to Trafalgar Street. At that time, also, Trafalgar Street had little else on each side but gardens, enclosed by elder hedgerows, and only six streets ran from it. Trafalgar Street can now [1892] boast of 20 streets; whilst its hedgerows have long since been superseded by houses."

Street directory 1824

The Brighton Directory for 1824 lists:

  • Shoesmith Richard, Union Inn, 28 Gloucester Road

(Today, in 2008, the shops are House and the Brighton Sausage Company.)

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