The 1950's & 60's

Richard Beckett

Photo 1 shows a view along Chapel Street from Bridge Street, before the advent of the Ring Road. The Co-op store later became a social club.

Photo 2 is a view from where the Surgery car park is now situated. The buildings on the right were demolished and that is where the ring road (Southway) is. The flint wall on the left still survives around the present Police Station yard.

Photos 3 & 4 are of St Lukes Lane, which still survives as the narrow alley down the side of Woolworths.

Photo 5 is a view of Essex Place taken looking northwards probably sometime in the late 1960's early 70's.

Photo 6 is the old Police Station situated about where the Multi storey car park is now.

Photo 7.  Close up of road sign for Church Street: for Rob.

Photo:1. The Coop at the corner of Chapel Street and Bridge Street

1. The Coop at the corner of Chapel Street and Bridge Street

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Photo:2.  Church Road

2. Church Road

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Photo:3. St Lukes Lane looking towards the river

3. St Lukes Lane looking towards the river

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Photo:4. St Lukes lane Looking towards the High Street

4. St Lukes lane Looking towards the High Street

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Photo:5. Essex Place looking towards Lewes

5. Essex Place looking towards Lewes


Photo:6. The old Police Station

6. The old Police Station


Photo:7. Church Road street plate

7. Church Road street plate

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This page was added by Richard Beckett on 03/11/2008.
Comments about this page

I was delighted to see the photo of the Co-op at the junction of Bridge Street and Chapel Street. My father was manager of this department store from about 1950 through until about 1970. When I first visited the store it was a two storey building with Haberdashery, Men's Outfitting and Shoe departments on the ground floor together with the cash office. The first floor was for Furniture and Flooring. The building was very old fashioned and the upper part had a huge amount of wood in its construction. When in later years the upper floor was removed a small section remained which contained a staff room, a singularly basic and uninviting space. The original wide staircase leading from Bridge Street to the 1st Floor also remained in situ. The cash office was served by an amazing arrangement of wires that led all around the building on which money containers whizzed overhead, it was a bit like having a model tramway system above you. When the building was modernised the section that had once been for the sale of shoes became the Furniture department otherwise much remained the same. I also remember the old Police Station well. On one occasion back in the 1960's I left my car for a few days outside the house of a relation on what I thought was a private road running alongside the upper part of Brighton Road and when I returned found I had ticket. I went to this Police Station to point out that the car had not been left on a 'public road' only to be informed that that service road was in fact construed as part of the main road to Brighton!! Luckily things were a lot easier in those days and a chat with the officer on duty resolved the situation with the ticket being withdrawn.

By Derek Longly
On 17/06/2011

Really nice to see the photos of St Luke's Lane. I lived at No 10 next door to Arnold's shop.

By Carole Knott (nee Wilkinson)
On 01/01/2017

Does anyone remember the green "shed" at the bottom of St Lukes Lane that I believe was used as a bathhouse?

By Ian Bishop
On 15/09/2021

In photo 4 looking down St Lukes Lane, Bannisters Builders had a huge garage where they kept all the firms vans, it was just back up the lane to the left of this image. Being one of the apprentices I wasn't allowed to drive them but Terry Hollands one of the plumbers used to let me drive his van out and down to the High Street, until one day my foot slipped of the brake and rolled into the van behind causing damage to both vehicles. Needless to say we both got a rollicking from the Boss and as my father worked for the firm as well I got another one when I got home.

By Terry Howard
On 22/09/2021

The NO ENTRY signs on the road outside the police station are interesting, I guess that the police station was still in place when the ring road was opened, too long ago to remember now I'm afraid.

By Dave King
On 26/10/2021

I would question picture #2 being called Church Road. Isn't that the lane that ran from Chapel Street up to South Road with the Volunteer Pub directly ahead ? So that would make the buildings on the right the old infants school and the fabulous flint wall on the left being where the replacement police station ended up being built when they created South Way.

If you look closely Rob there is a white dot on the nearest part of the flint wall which is a street name plate which contained the words "Church Road". I have added a photo No. 7 on this page, showing the sign in place c1950's.

I will be walking past there this morning and check to see if it still there !

John  --  Editor.

By Rob Patten
On 02/11/2021

thanks John, didn't realise it had a name. Interesting to note the sign for Hills Bakery & Cafe, any relation ?

No not related Rob, it was a "Hill" family, that traded from there hence the "Hill's" sign. 

I looked this morning and the "Church Road" sign is no longer there on the rebuilt top section of the flint wall.

The old Hill's bakery in Chapel Street is now a chemist shop.

Thanks for "popping in" Rob, regards to you and family in Canada.

John  -- Editor.

By Rob Patten
On 02/11/2021

The best doughnuts in town came from " Doughie Hills ".

By Colin Brandon
On 03/11/2021

Photo two must have been taken from the corner of Sussex Place. My Grandparents lived at number 5, there is a photo of my father standing outside on my family page on the site. He looks to be 5 or 6 years old so that would be about 1925.

By Terry Howard
On 03/11/2021

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