John Constable was here (1824 and 1828)

Yes, the famous painter stayed in Brighton for two seasons and completed about 200 paintings – many small watercolours – outdoors or in the studio he had at 9 Mrs Sober’s Gardens.  For many years the exact location of this long altered address was a mystery.  But recent research has revealed it to be 11 Sillwood Road, just south of Waitrose.  The current owners were so pleased they paid for the blue plaque on the wall.

Adam Trimingham drinking wine in front of newly unveiled plaque - the house owner, painter Peter Harrap, on the right

Adam Trimingham drinking wine in front of newly unveiled plaque – the house owner, painter Peter Harrap, on the right

After a speech or two we all adjourned to the home of Roger Amerena for lunch.  I had not expected such a smart affair.  The house is clearly his pride and joy, and he pulled out the stops for this event.  Turkish carpet to the front door.

Heading in for lunch

Heading in for lunch

Turkish carpets all over the paved garden areas.

Roger's garden from the ground floor balcony

Roger’s garden from the ground floor balcony (well it was the ground floor at the front)

And Waitrose is just beyond the end of the garden.  A retired professor of something from Sussex University told me a story about Norman McKenzie (recently died, old friend of Jackie’s dad, and another prof from Sussex).  Norman claimed to be one of the few people, in his own estimation, to have shaken hands with both J F Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald.  The latter was in Moscow when Norman was doing something undercover for the Government, and Oswald was trying to get out of the USSR.

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