Photograph of Hanningtons Depository.
The drapery shop Hanningtons opened on 25 July 1808, at the bottom of North Street. In 1816 the owner, Smith Hannington, received an inheritance from his mother which allowed him to purchase further retail property on the street. The business continued to expand through the 19th century and became Brighton’s largest department store.
The depository in this photograph was constructed in 1901 and used to store goods that could be transported to the shop when necessary.
Then & Now view
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