Temple Street

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The early years

By Ann Smith

The land on which the street was built was previously farmland and is named of course after The Temple, home of Thomas Read Kemp, now Brighton and Hove High School.

The deeds prevent them from running a disorderly house and at number 12, which has a passage through to Borough Street, horses were not allowed to be kept. There used to be horses in Borough Street. People who once lived at number 12 suggested, ‘if you keep our horses, we could run your disorderly house’.

There were lots of wells in the street. If you find one you have to report it to the council. About 30 years ago, when number 4 was being renovated, a 17th century well was found under the kitchen floorboards. According to a local historian, at some time during the 19th century, numbers 3 and 4 formed one establishment used for training female domestic servants under the patronage of the Queen Dowager (Queen Adelaide). 

The early residents of Temple Street were, however, mainly dressmakers and milliners; at some stage an organ builder lived and worked at number 3 and was reputed to build his organs in his cellar. The street also housed a maker of cricket balls and during the 1920s, number 1 was a butchers. The cellar is sloping to drain off the blood.


(This is a shortened version of an interview with Ann Smith, which appeared in cmpca news no.6.)

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