30.1.06

Station street names


Station street names, originally uploaded by fred pipes.

Noticed on Sunday after my Clarion bike ride that the new roads around the Brighton station site had been given names. I was delighted to see that the one nearest the station was named after William Stroudley, designer and locomotive superintendent of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway known best for his 'Improved Engine Green' gamboge livery, as seen on Stepney at the Bluebell Railway. Billington I'm not sure of - it could be Lawson Billington, another LB&SCR Superintendent whose designs included E2 0-6-0T and K class 2-6-0 or more probably his father Robert John Billinton, Stroudley's assistant. Fleet Street is a nice touch - there was once a Fleet Street just one up from Belmont Street, the continuation of New England Street that is no more. More pix on Flickr.

1 comment:

Fred said...

Received this email:

Dear Alan,

Please, accept our apologies for the delay it took to answer your email.

Robert John Billinton, a Yorkshireman, succeeded William Stroudley as
railway engineer. He worked as W. Stroudley's assistant from 1870 to 1874
and after that spent 16 years as Chief Draughtsman at the vast Derby Works
of the Midland Railway. Consequently, when he came back to Brighton in 1890
he not only understood Brighton ways but was a highly experienced engineer
and designer. Billinton's death, occurred in 1904 and brought the end of
the Victorian era as far as Brighton locomotive affairs were concerned.

I hope the above information answer your question.

Regards,

Street Naming & Numbering
King's House, Room 136
Grand Avenue
Hove, BN3 2RS
Tel: 01273 293475
Fax: 01273 293929
snn@brighton-hove.gov.uk