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George and Dragon, 32 Sydney Street, Brighton

HistoryEdit

Originally one of three pubs or beer houses found on the street and called the George and Dragon shortened from St George and the Dragon.[1]

A directory from 1864 lists the landlord as J Corbin.[2] The 1881 census shows William Robinson as "licensed victualler", with Martha Day as "cook". Directories show the landlords to be David Colville in 1890, Charles Boast in 1899, Edward Potter in 1905 and Arthur Frederick Lintott in 1913.[3]

This was the first pub on the street to go in 1914, after which the premises were used by furniture dealers and then by Dukenfields who expanded from TQ3104 : 33 Sydney Street and who seem to have begun life as a cabinet makers then worked their way through saw dealers, builders and finished off as ironmongers during their fifty year tenure. During the late 1950s the shop was occupied by Rayford Electrics whose first shop sold and repaired washing machines and grew fast enough to warrant an expansion into TQ3104 : 22-23 Sydney Street at the northern end of the street by the mid 1960s though they seem to have temporarily reoccupied this shop during the 1970s when 22-23 was being rebuilt. Into the 1980s it became one of many second hand record shops and by the end of the decade had been expanded into once more from 33 as part of Tiger Music who continued trading for a further decade. By the turn of this century it was home to Minky, purveyor of men’s fashions who were successful enough to first open another shop in the street at TQ3104 : 26 Sydney Street then move to bigger premises in the centre of the town on Ship Street. Since 2007 it has been home to an independent children’s toy shop called Daisy Daisy.[1]

OccupantsEdit

1856-1914: BEER HOUSE: George & Dragon (St George & the Dragon up to 1898)

1915-18: FURNITURE DEALERS: Marchant & Son

1917-58: IRONMONGERS/SAW MAKERS/BUILDERS: Dukenfields

1959-66: ELECTRICAL RETAILER: Rayford Electrics

1970: SHOEMAKER: Kens Shoe

1972-73: BOUTIQUE: Georgie Girl

1974: ELECTRICAL RETAILER: Rayford Electrics

1981-86: SECOND HAND RECORDS: Record Hunter

1990-99: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Tiger Music

2000-07: MENS WEAR: Minky

2007-present: CHILDREN’S TOYS: Daisy Daisy.[1]

PhotographsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Text reproduced and amended from an article by Simon Carey under a Creative Commons licence
  2. http://deadpubs.co.uk/SussexPubs/Brighton/Brighton1864.shtml
  3. http://deadpubs.co.uk/SussexPubs/Brighton/StGeorgeDragon.shtml