North Laine in 1938 - streets A-M

Photo:Mead & Co, Bond Street

Mead & Co, Bond Street

Kelly's 1938 advertisement

Photo:Fellingham & Sons, Bond Street

Fellingham & Sons, Bond Street

Kelly's 1938 advertisement

Photo:Norman's, Church Street and Bond Street

Norman's, Church Street and Bond Street

Kelly's 1938 advertisement

Busy with business

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

One of the standard reference points for a dip into local history is the street directory. It offers a 'snapshot' in time.

Kelly's Directory

Recently in a Penzance second-hand books shop I came across Kelly's Directory of Brighton and Hove for 1938, a time when the political situation in Europe worsened. The street directory does not look at the far horizon. It offers a summary of the history of the (then) town, its growth and facilities, and a comprehensive look in the street listings, a good indication of businesses and residents. The figure for population given in the 1938 directory is that of 1931: 147,427.

A wide selection of information

Seating plans for the West Pier Theatre, Theatre Royal and the Hippodrome are shown and details of churches, schools, hospitals and associations - including those of the wider areas of Portslade and Shoreham. The directory lists 63 branch or sub-post offices, quite a contrast to the decreasing and miserable selection of our modern postal service.

North Laine contribution

In the opening chapters very little is said of the area we know as North Laine. Withdean, Preston, Patcham, Kemp Town and Hove all get paragraphs (of varying lengths) but not North Laine. Evidently it was not seen as adding prestige to the town, although the following list of trades, street by street, show just how the area supported local residents.

In 1938:  (residents noted when they predominate)

Blenheim Place - five residential properties.

Bond Street - costumiers, antiques, heating engineers, wireless dealers, confectioners, water works office, cutlers, furniture removers, kosher butchers, baker, watchmakers, rubber goods, pub (Wheatsheaf), the London Permanent Waving House, leather manufacturer, sign writer and Baptist chapel.

Bread Street - electricity works, fruit salesmen, a church and residents.

Cheltenham Place - transport contractors, baker, dressmaker, scale makers and residents.

Church Street - Dome, wines and spirits, boots, hairdressing, confectioners, auctioneers, pub, newsagent, fishmongers, drug stores, wardrobe dealer, coal traders, tobacconist, draper, tailors, clothing, dining rooms, antiques, throat and ear hospital, insurance, paperhanger, Royal Artillery, cycles, ladders, fried fish, grocery, printers, junior school, undertakers, gas company, timber merchants and County Court offices.

Foundry Street - hairdresser, watchmaker, electric refrigerator stores, pub, leather merchant, marine store, soap manufacturers, weighing machines, corn and general merchants, engineers, theatrical costumier.

Frederick Gardens - All residential.

Frederick Place - hairdresser, general carriers, motor tyre fitters, builder, News chronicle distribution depot, school for girls, undertaker, cabinet maker, French polisher.

Frederick Street - largely residential, with fire brick manufacturers, sign writer, newsagent.

Gardner Street - watch repairer, grocer, hosiers, milliners, wallpaper merchant, boot and shoe dealers, wireless dealer, funerals, ladies outfitters, beer retailers, costumier, butchers, house furnisher, tobacconist, wool stores, underwear, dairy, chemist, tools, fruit, fish, hairdressers, stationers.

Gloucester Passage - warehouseman, whiting manufacturer.

Gloucester Road - motor cycle engineer, billposter, motor accessories, hairdresser, builders, beer retailers, musical instrument dealer, brass worker, refreshment rooms, greengrocer, newsagents, confectioners, optician, tobacconist, bakers, paint and varnish company, hairdressers, draper, hosiers, fish dealers, printer, drill hall, harness maker, potato salesman, marine store, corn merchants.

Gloucester Street - corn merchants, blacksmiths, furniture dealers, bookseller, tailor, cabinet maker, Plymouth Brethren rooms, French polisher, dairy, beer retailer.

Jew Street - manufacturing confectioner.

Jubilee Street - printers, hairdressers, fishing tackle maker, wireless dealer, tobacconist, beer retailer, sale rooms, builders, corn merchant stores, dining rooms, grocers, motor car agents, heating engineers, dairy farmer, wood turner.

Kemp Street - largely residential and with bakers, laundry, grocer, hairdresser, refreshment rooms, newspaper distribution, upholsterer.

Kensington Gardens - boot and shoes, cigarettes, umbrella maker, watchmaker, undertakers, printer, costumier, house furnishers, florist, baby carriage dealer, greengrocer, butchers, grocer, ice cream parlour, antiques, milliner.

Kensington Place - furniture dealer, plumbers, tailor, decorators, drapers and residents.

Kensington Street - dental supply, antiques, furniture dealer, watch repairer, fishing tackle manufacturer, wholesale grocer.

King Street - dining rooms, confectioner, grocer, bookbinder, builder, Friendly Society, furniture dealer, decorators, pub, French polisher, tailor, bailiff, motor haulage, advanced detective bureau, drapers, hosiery, tailor.

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