About Whitecross Street

Photo:Whitecross Street east side, May 2008

Whitecross Street east side, May 2008

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Whitecross Street west side, May 2008

Whitecross Street west side, May 2008

Photo by Maureen Brand

A brief history

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

Whitecross Street developed in the late 1830s with crowded terraced housing, encouraged by the coming of the railway and the needs of workers.

Trade directory information

Brighton street directories give a glimpse of 19th century occupations within Whitecross Street. The Post Office Directory of 1846 lists a stay maker, day school, cow keeper, town carters, carpenters and builders, beer retailer and boot and shoemaker. Folthorp of 1848 records a stay maker, cow keeper and dairyman, carman, carpenter and builder, and retailer of beer.

20th century Whitecross Street

A photograph in the Regency Society James Gray collection shows Whitecross Street in 1959.

Whitecross Street was affected by clearances in 1962 in the Blackman, Whitecross and Wood Streets area. Today it is busy with traffic, with a car park on the western side and City College to the east.

This page was added on 26/05/2008.

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