A photograph copied from a local newspaper in October 1933, which accounts for its opaque appearance. It shows three old cottages, hidden behind the backs of shops in Meeting House Lane. They were approached by a narrow passage between 20 and 21 Meeting House Lane, which passed under an arch supporting the first floor of 20. The cottages were numbered 21a, 21b and 21c. Few of Brighton’s inhabitants even knew of their existence. It is idle now to speculate how old hey were, but I should think they were at least 150 years old when demolished in 1933. Newspaper cutting – “Some of Brighton’s oldest houses are in danger of demolition. They are in a rarely visited backwater of the Lanes, called Poplar Row, at the back of Hanningtons. Eviction notices have been served on the tenants because the cottages are in such a undesirable condition. Messrs. Hanningtons who own the property, say that in the deeds the houses are described as being in Ironmonger Lane in the Hempshires. Since this entire area has been completely cleared and redeveloped as Brighton Square, without visual aid it would be impossible to describe just in words exactly where these cottages were located.

Image Reference: JG_09_020.tif
Date: 1933
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 147x115
Place: Brighton
Additional Information: No comment

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