D2D Sussex have moved to pastures new and are now located at 9 -10, Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1TU.
I have been researching the area a little since moving and have so far discovered the featured photographic print, which was reproduced with kind permission from Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, of a view down Jew Street, Brighton looking north into Church Street.
As part of a visual record of areas considered for slum clearance this photograph was commissioned by Brighton Borough Council’s Environmental Health department. In the late 1930s some of the buildings were demolished, and on the western side of the site a car park was later erected.
Built in 1792 Brighton’s first synagogue was in Jew Street and is believed to have stood at the southern end and is said to have also included a school. Before finding a permanent home in Devonshire Place the synagogue had moved to Poune’s Court off West Street by 1808.
In about 1852 by a charitable trust under Dr William Kebbell the Model Dwellings, a five-storey block of flats at the corner of Jew Street and Church Street were originally built as housing for the poor of the town with the charitable intention of providing decent quality properties at a rent that working people could afford. Each of the fifteen flats in this block had a separate scullery and a lavatory and three rooms.