I anticipated this post would be purely selfish. And yet after digging a bit deeper, perhaps it has some relevance to Regency-world lovers also.
This is the Burton Tailors building on the corner of North and West Streets in Brighton.
Richard Samuel and his brother Lawrence had a hand in its construction in 1926. They were bricklayers. And this is how Sam, as he was known, who originated in London's East End, met Kit, because just up the road from here lies Wyckham Terrace. Clearly whoever designed the building was trying to capture some of the Regency style of the town.
If you are wondering about the blob at the top of the picture. That is a rain drop. England, people! Raining! Naturally, I could not resist investigating the building's history. Burtons occupied the store until the 1990's. But what a wonderful surprise, look the tailors are gone to smaller premises and now it hosts a lovely bookstore. Waterstones. Such a thrill to find such a neat connection.
Travelling back in time, courtesy of the regencysociety.org the corner was occupied by Geo. Bull, Grocer and Tea Dealer in 1875
But here is the real treasure, North Street in 1851. G. Bull occupies number 71 on the corner. Father or grandfather, perhaps. I think North Street might well have looked similar in the period of the Regency, don't you?
Until next time....................