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Nelson Street

Nelson Street

Nelson Street

1935

"My mother had 11 or 12 children who were all born in Nelson Street, Nelson Street was very poor. We had very little furniture, just a table, 2 chairs, an iron bedstead and a mattress.

When I was four years old my mother went to work at the Royal Sussex Hospital rolling bandages for 2/6d a day. Our neighbours kept an eye on the children when they came home from school.

I can remember the sanitary man visiting the area. He would walk into the house without knocking, our doors were never locked, and walk straight up to the bedrooms and pull back the bedclothes to check for bugs. My mother used to protest that we were still in the beds but he would say it was the best time to check, when the bed was warm."

Charlotte Storrey