North Laine in 1938 - streets N-Z

Photo:Cover, Kelly's Directory 1938

Cover, Kelly's Directory 1938

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 where they predominate)

New Road - florist, accountants, milliner, insurance, solicitors, gun makers, financier, Theatre Royal, pub, confectioners, newspaper proprietor, Sussex County Herald and Magazine, tobacconists, cinema, theatre buffet, auction rooms, fine art dealers, Christian lecture hall, maternity and infant welfare centre, theatrical wig makers, wine and spirit merchants, baker, savings bank, funeral directors, library, school of motoring.

North Place - residential.

North Road - builders, blind makers, tool dealers, public baths, wood ware, ironmongers, ham and beef shop, refreshment rooms, baker, saving stamp company, confectioner, chemist, pet stores, toy warehouse, oil and colour men, boot repairer, furniture dealers,   Co-op, newsagents, engineers, hairdresser, general dealer, electricity sub- station, public house, sewing machine repairs, laundry receiving office, foot hospital, pianoforte warehouses, bookseller, linoleum.

Orange Row - no details given of residents or traders.

Over Street - apartments, stonemason and residential.

Pelham Square - curate of Brighton parish church, apartments, Destitute and Homeless Help Society, and residential.

Portland Street - electrician, builder, surgical appliance manufacturer, hairdresser, apartments, landscape gardener, brass founder, antique dealer, French polisher.

Robert Street - builder, bedding manufacturers, nurse, publishing company.

Queen's Gardens - undertaker, tailor, coal merchants and residential.

Spring Gardens - wardrobe dealer, printers, general dealer, shopkeeper, candle manufacturers.

St. George's Mews - mechanical engineers, undertakers, organ builder, grainer.

Station Street - cask dealer, beer bottlers, builders, iron merchants, Southern Railway goods yard, removals.

Sydney Street - fruiterers, grocers, boot repairer, butchers, fishmongers, pub, physicians and surgeons, biscuit factors, ham and beef dealer, gas fittings, jeweller, estate office, leather seller, clothiers, wardrobe dealer, drapers, fishing tackle, oil and colour dealer, outfitters, saw maker, naturalist, cabinet maker, baker, confectioner, laundry receiving office, hairdresser.

Tichborne Street - Co-op, brush makers, Toc H HQ, Sunday school.

Tidy Street - public house, draper, general dealer, boot repairer, grocer, dressmaker.

Trafalgar Lane - timber merchants, newsagents, wood turner.

Trafalgar Terrace - all residential.

Trafalgar Street - confectioner, clothier, watchmaker, butchers, stationer, physician and surgeon, ironmongers, tobacconists, chemist, bookmakers, furniture dealer, wine and spirit merchants, newsagent, tailor, dining rooms, motor coal proprietor, brewers, railway goods, bottling, corn dealer, gentlemen's outfitters, watchmaker, house furnisher, fried fish, perfumer, undertakers, hairdresser, herbalist.

Upper Gardner Street - removers, cabinet maker, second-hand bookseller, fishmonger, wardrobe dealer, hairdresser, greengrocer, infants' school, builders.

Whitecross Street - iron and tinplate works, ironmongers, woodworker, glazed tile manufacturers, blacksmith, motor car breaker, coffee rooms, boot repairer, pawnbroker.

Windsor Street - apartments, refrigerator manufacturers, watchmaker, furnishing stores, boot repairer, china riveter, cabinet maker, dental laboratory, dressmaker, spiritualist church, chemist, grocer.

Wood Street - chimney sweep, beer retailer, window cleaner, dressmaker, hairdresser.

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