Hello! I'm wondering if anyone out there might have any old photographs or knowledge of Brighton Buildings on Tower Bridge Road? Also, of Hastings Buildings which used to stand immediately behind Brighton Buildings, or indeed of any of the other "Buildings" that used to be in the complex in the area between Tower Bridge Road, Webb Street, and Swan Mead? The Pagoda Pub (now The Hartley) is another interest in this immediate area. The era I'm interested in is 1900-1950, so if anyone has any photographs of these buildings from that era, or they lived there, or knows what happened to most of them (only Brighton and Arundel still stand, I believe), I would be thrilled to hear from you.
My grandmother grew up immediately next to Brighton Buildings and my grandfather in Hastings Buildings, which is why I'm interested. It would be wonderful to hear from anyone who might be able to help me with my search.
I was always told they were buildings for people who worked on the railway. A friend of mine lived in them in the 60s they had a small kitchen from which the toilet door opened onto..very small place i remember inside..and he worked on the railway.
I have odd photos of Hastings Buildings as my Grandfather was Caretaker there in the 40s.
He worked for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.
I have photos of a lot of people and especially children around there.
My Dad grew up in Worthing Buildings which was bombed during the war and my Uncle was buried, but survived.
If you can let me have your proper contact details i can tell you more.
I was born at 5 Portsmouth Buildings in 1946 & lived there until I got married in 1966. My father worked for Southern Railways which became British Railways.
We always knew the estate as seaside buildings due to the block names. As kid's we used to play in the bombed out building near to Webb St school that I attended. Some names of the other children that I remember are, Vicky Smith, Valery Harris,& Kenny Sandford, [ My cousin]. The local club in leroy St was run by Toby Noble. If I can remember anything else, I will post it. Eddie Jennings
Does anyone on the forum have any photos of the Seaside buildings? I have some aerial photos but none at street level either from Webb St, Swan Mead or the road that ran between the 2 - I think it was called Cross street.