When you last walked by the Clock Tower at the junction of North Street and Queens Road, did you feel the shudder of walking through slums? No, of course not. But you were, indeed, walking on slums of days gone past.
♥ Since the 1920s, fewer and fewer buildings in Hove have borne French names – alas, many have been Anglicised, with two laudable exceptions. Where did these names come from? I’d love to know.
Normandy House, at 18 The Drive was first occupied in the early 1960s.
Who chose the name and why?
In 1928, Brittany Road was no more than a building site, with several new houses under construction. The following year, two of the houses were finished and had been given French names, St Brieuc and St Malo. By 1930, one more Francophile owner had given his house an appropriate name, Bretagne and Britanny Court, recently completed at 134 New Church road, had its first occupants.
The boat looks somewhat like one of the ships that raided Brighton in 1514. Did they come from Brittany?
Lorraine Court, at 61 Osborne Villas, was built in the late 1950s on land that had, until then, been the back gardens of houses in Medina Villas. Not to be confused with Lorraine Court in Davigdor Road, Brighton. Could this be a tribute to General de Gaulle’s croix de Lorraine [cross of Lorraine], symbol for the Free French Forces during WW2?
There is no mystery about the name of Paris House at 3 Wilbury Villas, just by the railway bridge. The building firm of H. J. Paris took over the premises early in the 1950s. It was perhaps this company which built the modern, rather bland, brick block which stands there now. The firm lasted into the 1980s, but has since disappeared from directories. Not to be confused with The Paris House pub in Western Road, Hove.
And last but not least, the quirky Château Plage, needs no explanation.
1860. The Prince Consort was alive and well. Crinolines were all the fashion. Brighton was attracting many continental visitors. Not only the rich. Governesses, hotel staff and servants helped fill the pews in Brighton churches. And frivolity was not all the rage in mid-Victorian Brighton. Continue reading