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TO MEET AT EXHIBITION BOUT
Georges Carpentier and his manager, François Dechamps, are coming to England to take part in the annual boxing programme promoted by Brighton’s most popular townsman, Mr Harry Preston.
On this occasion Deschamps will don the gloves with the genial Harry, who, in his prime was a great boxer. Georges will be in his manager’s corner, while another world-famous fighter will second Mr. Preston. PALL MALL GAZETTE 14 Oct 1921
The star attraction was, of course, Georges Charpentier, middleweight champion of the world from 1920 to 1922, so here he is, in Brighton, in October 1921 with (according to the Gallica caption):
De droite à gauche MM.] V. [Victor] Beyer, [Harry] Preston, [Georges] Carpentier, [François] Descamps [venus pour un tournoi de boxe à Brigthon : photographie de presse / Agence Rol
[From right to left Beyer, Preston, Charpentier, Descamps in Brigthon for a boxing match]
Ah, that mythical city, Brigthon !
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During her research for the Fabrica Gallery on ‘The Boys on the Plaque’, Lyn Turpin found a rather curious name: Quero. Lyn’s research shows that, following death of both his parents, at the age of 12 Joseph Marie (or William) Query became an apprentice hairdresser in a prestigious Parisian salon. Ten years later he set off for England, married Brighton girl, Bessie, and set up his hairdressing business at 32 Ship Street. Joseph Marie was not just a run-of-the-mill hairdresser. He was a coiffeur pour dames and a perruquier [wig-make]. Joseph did not retire from the Ship Street salon until 1950.
As the family grew, the Queros moved their home to 66 Hallyburton Road in Hove. Nostalgia must have kicked in as Brittany-born Joseph give his house a Breton name Ker Armor [villa near the sea].
For a more detailed account of Joseph’s life and some terrific photos, go to Lyn’s article.
Much more information is available from ‘The Boys of the Plaque” WW1 project.
Within 400 metres of Palmeira Square you will find a flurry of French restaurants and French-inspired catering establishments.
Let’s start with the nearest: Le Bistrot Nantais, owned and run by Pascal Benamari. Continue reading
At the beginning of the first week of May 1968, French universities closed their admin. departments. On 3 May, the students made their objections very clear. By the end of the week, 20 000 of them were rioting in central Paris. A few days later, the barricades were up. By the end of the following week, 2 million workers were on strike. France was paralysed and stayed so until the beginning of June. What were Brighton and Hove doing at the time?
The Brighton and Hove French Circle prides itself on being one of oldest French Circles in the country. But was it really founded in 1915 as we have always claimed? Well, yes,
This little snippet seems to show that Antoine Désiré Joye, teacher of French and Pasteur of the French Protestant Church in Queensbury Mews (see blog of December 2016) was at the fountainhead of the Cercle Français. For 10/6d you could attend a course of 30 lectures on literature given by the man himself.
Source: The British Newspaper Archive
The French Circle still continues the tradition of providing a series of subscription lectures and talks throughout the winter months. Continue reading
Sarah Bernhardt aged 20 in 1884
On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June 1881, the ‘Divine Sarah’ trod the boards of the Theatre Royal Brighton. With a name like Bernhardt, can she justifiably be included as French? Continue reading
Blue plaques – not to show that someone famous lived in your house, but that you are a Francophile. One example from Kemp Town and three from a single street near Waitrose.
All photos (c) S. Hinton
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When a certain B.L. arrived in Brighton in 1866, he took a rather harsh look at the inhabitants of the town. His article was published in the weekly magazine “La Vie Parisienne”. B.L. starts his piece by satirising the drivers of the fly carriages before pillorying the street sellers, the urchins and finally the beggars in the street. But the main barb of his article is reserved for the bourgeoisie. Continue reading
Tucked away just off the seafront, you will find Petit Pois, a French restaurant run by David and his wife, Ivana. This is David’s story.
“I trained as a chef in France, mostly Michelin-starred restaurants: L’auberge de l’Eridan (Annecy 3*); le Domaine de Bournissac (Provence 1*) and Le Pastel (Toulouse 1*) After travelling in several countries, I decided to give it a go in England to discover a new lifestyle. And to improve my English. Continue reading
© Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
On Saturday 25 December 1915, the ‘Brighton Herald and Hove Chronicle’ published this small advertisement placed by the French Protestant Church in Queensbury Mews Brighton.
On the same days were several small adds from refugee French and Belgian citizens offering various forms of tuition.
On the Palace Pier, you could watch a highly interesting film illustrating the “Manufacture of Guns in France”. At the Florence Road Baptist Church, Captain G. M. Rice (Chaplain to HM Forces) was to give an account of his work in France. In an upstairs corridor of the Brighton Library you could go to view an exhibition of ‘war relics’ which included a large collection of the debris of the battlefield – German helmets, French kepis Turkish fezes (and) fragments of every kind of shell, whereas Estelle’s (The Dainty Blouse Shop) in Preston Street was advertising Dents celebrated French Kid gloves at a bargain price of 1/11¾ (one shilling and eleven pence three farthings – a snip at the price).