This was originally seven imposing separate mansions built in 1873. It was then numbered 1-7 Queens Gardens and no.7, on the extreme left, was for more than 40 years occupied by the wealthy Sassoon family. Some idea of the vast size of this mansion can be gained from the fact that later it was converted into 12 self-contained flats. At the other end, 1,2 and 3 were for years occupied as the First Avenue Hotel. The end house, which matched in design the Sassoon house, was destroyed by a bomb during the 1939-1945 War. Kingsway Hotel was started at 4 and 5, in the 1930s and it gradually extended to the remaining houses after the end of the war. This photograph was taken on 30 November 1959, and the site was cleared in late 1960. A large block of flats, to be opened in 1962, is to be built here.

Image Reference: JG_12_026.tif
Date: 1959
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 154x110
Place: Hove
Additional Information: No comment

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