Welcome to 5:15 Travel
This section of the site deals with your holiday or weekend to trip to Brighton, Margate,
Clacton, London and those other hot spots of Mod and Who activity during those crazy days
Brighton is a district (borough), county of East Sussex, England. It is a seaside resort on the English Channel, 51 miles (82 km) south of London. With an area of 22 square miles (58 square km), Brighton spreads over the steep chalk slopes of the South Downs to the north; to the east it is fronted by chalk cliffs; to the west it merges with the residential borough of Hove. Major sea defenses initiated in 1930 line the shore between Black Rock and Saltdean. A marina for boating has been created at Black Rock.
Brighton was for many centuries nothing more than a tiny fishing community. The site's modern significance dates from 1754, when Richard Russell, the author of a treatise on the health benefits of seawater, settled there to put his theories into practice, thereby initiating the vogue of sea bathing. In 1783 the Prince of Wales, later the Prince Regent and then King George IV, made the first of his many visits to Brighton. His powerful patronage of the locality extended almost continuously to 1827 and stamped the town with the distinguished character still reflected in its Regency squares and terraces. His Royal Pavilion, designed in Indian style with fantastic Chinese interior decorations, was built on the Old Steine, where fishing nets were once dried. The pavilion now houses a museum and art gallery, while the Dome, originally the royal stables, is used for concerts and conferences. Maria Fitzherbert, the secret wife of George IV, is buried in St. John's Roman Catholic church. Victorian Brighton grew rapidly with the opening of the railway (1841) connecting it with London.
The old fishing port, with its houses of black flint, includes the Lanes, now known for antique shops. The seaward side of the old port is bounded by the main promenade, which lies between the Palace and West piers. Brighton now has more than 7 miles (11 km) of seafront above its pebbly beach. East of the Palace Pier the first electric railway in Great Britain (1883) carried tourists in open coaches.
The town has the Theatre Royal, a racecourse overlooking the sea from the downs, an aquarium, golf courses, and a sports arena. The municipal airport is at Shoreham-by-Sea. The University of Sussex was founded at nearby Falmer in 1961. Roedean is a well-known public (independent) girls' school. The Royal Sussex County Hospital is the largest of numerous hospitals and sanatoriums in Brighton. The borough has industrial estates, and their highly diversified products range from office machinery to street name plates. Pop. (1985 est.) 143,100.
How to Get To Brighton, Margate, Clacton, via London By Train
Train is probably the easiest and most convenient way to get yourself down to Brighton or any of the other seaside places unless you want to play Jimmy and ride a scooter!
This link will take you to an online time schedule and fare table. Simply type in your
starting and destination route ie: London to Brighton.
How to Get To Brighton, Margate, Clacton, or to London By Coach
Getting to Brighton by Coach trip is also another alternative.
It takes a bit longer but well worth it as you get to see a bit of the scenery
in slower mode other than being on a speeding train.
This link will take you to a number of different places on the web or by telephone only.
Recorded information on Tubes, Buses and Trains on (0171) 222 1200
For detailed information on the London Transport System click the link below.
This is really all you need to get around London!
Who Sites Travel Guide
WHO LOCATIONS from LONDON’S ROCK LANDMARKS by MARCUS GRAY
Sheperd’s Bush Underground Station Where Irene Daltrey went into labour before she was rushed to nearby Hammersmith Hospital to give birth to little Roger.
Percy Road, W12 No. 15 U. Shepherds Bush Home of Irene and Harry Daltrey and their little boy Roger. The Detours held their early rehearsals here.
DU Cane Road, W12 No. 150, Hammersmith Hospital U. East Acton Where Roger Daltrey was born March 1st, 1944. It’s right next to Wormwood Scrubs Prison.
The Broadway, Ealing, WS No. 42A, The Ealing Club (Now Madoc’s Cocktail Bar) U. Ealing Broadway
The Detours played there. John Entwistle remembers: "Every time the owner made his announcements the sweat on the wall used to become live because this lousy amp that he used was so dangerous. If you were leaning against the wall at the same time as you were holding your guitar you’d get a terrible electric shock. It happened to me loads of times and was so dangerous that once we kicked the shit out of it so he couldn’t use it again."
Woodgrange Avenue, W5 No. 20 U. Ealing Common Pete Townshend’s parental home. The Detours rehearsed upstairs. Pete and Richard Barnes moved back in here after art school. Pete tried to turn the upper floor into a recording studio and in order to prevent squeeky floors, poured a layer of concrete. The floor sagged and Mum and Dad kicked him out.
Sunnyside Road, W5 No. 35 U. Ealing Broadway/South Ealing The flat where American Tom Wright introduced Pete to both R&B and marijuana. After Tom was busted, Pete and Richard barnes moved in. It was here that The Detours were renamed The Who in 1964. Pete later mentioned events here in the song "Somebody Saved Me."
Saint Mary’s Road, W5 No. 17A, Ealing technical College And School Of Art U. South Ealing Where Pete went to art school and met Richard Barnes and Thunderclap Newman.
Gunnersbury Lane, W3 Acton County School U. Acton Town Roger attended this school a year ahead of Pete and John. Roger was expelled at 15 for refusal to "wear their silly uniform."
High Street, Acton, W3 No.264, The White Hart Hotel U. Acton Town The regular venue for The Detours.
Goldhawk Road, W12 and W6. No. 205, The Goldhawk Social Club (Now Sheperds Bush Club) U. Goldhawk Road/Stamford Brook Where Roger Daltrey used to hang around with the local toughs, and also one of The Who’s regular early venues. The "100 Faces" club used during the RSG performance of "I Can’t Explain" were from The Goldhawk.
No. 339, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital Where future Who drummer Zac Starkey was born September 13th, 1965.
Ham Yard, W1 The Scene Club U. Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square The Mod hangout of the early Sixties. Pete Meaden brought The Who here to soak up modism before launching them as The High Numbers. The Scene closed in 1966.
Carnaby Street, W1 No. 41 His Clothes U. Oxford Circus/Picadilly Circus John Stephens clothes store was the mecca of Mod clothing. When Pete and Richard Barnes first visited the shop in 1964, they only had enough money to buy Pete a pair of socks. A year later The Who bragged that they were spending 100 pounds a week there.
Wardour Street, W1 No. 87 U. Picadilly Circus/Tottenham Court Road/Leicester Square Pete took over the top floor flat here in 1966, and had it transformed into a specially designed wooden environment, all booths and platforms and with a bed 7 feet up in the air. The centrepeice was a concret flowerbed which Pete used as a litterbin; when it was full, he simply emptied it out of the window.
No. 90 Sight of the 2nd Marquee Club where The Who began their resiency Nov. 1964. It was advertised with Barnes’ famous white-on-black posters featuring a windmilling Pete.
Richmond Mews, W1 No. 10, Marquee Recording Studios U. Tottenham Court Road/Leicester Square Behind the 2nd Marquee Club where The Who recorded 2 early versions of "My Generation: without the stuttering vocals.
Bridge Street, SW1 Big Ben U. Westminister Cover of "The Who Sings My Generation" LP cover
Mason’s Yard, SW1 No. 13, The Scotch of St. James Club (Now Director’s Lodge Club) U. Picadilly Circus/Green Park Keith Moon run up a 320 pound bar bill here. It was also the birthplace of Boris The Spider. John got into a discussion with Bill Wyman where they began naming imaginary pets including a spider. Asked late by Pete is he had another song for The Quick One LP, John recalled the conversation and said, "yeah, Boris The Spider" and hummed the 1st tune that came into his head.
Ebury Street, SW1 No. 20 U. Victoria/Sloan Square Pete took over the top floors of this building in 1967-8. It is where he recorded the demos for "Tommy."
Eaton Place, SW1 No. 84, New Action U. Sloan Square The offices of The Who’s management company, run by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Tha Belgravia address and Kit’s upperclass accent secured the band enough credit to continue even when extensively in debt as a result of continual in-and-out of performance breakages. The flat above is the one shared by Kit and Pete Townshend.
Chesham Place, SW1 No.8 U. Knightsbridge/Hyde Park Corner Pete Townshend lived in the top floor flat for six months in 1965. It was decorated with pages from a pop-art book he’d stolen from Ealing Art School.
Curzon Place, Park Street W1 U. Hyde Park Corner Where Keith Moon died September 7th, 1978
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 The Roundhouse U. Chalk Farm On New Year’s Eve, 1966-7, The Who played an "Giant Freak-Out All-Night Rave." Supporting acts were The Move and Pink Floyd. The power went out on The Who several times and in frustration Pete acted as if he were going to attack the audience, causing many in the front rows to run for safety. On December 20th, 1970, The Who perform the "Tommy" for the last time until 1989. On April 14th, 1974 Pete Townshend performs for the 1st time as a solo artist at a charity show.
Eel Pie Island, Twickenham Eel Pie Island Hotel and Ballroom By rail to Twickenham The Detours played there. Doug Sandom remembers Pete was wont to disappear outside to smoke pot on the footbridge between sets. It’s the source of the name Eel Pie that Pete took for his recording and publishing companies.
Ranleagh Drive, Twickenham The Boathouse By rail to Twickenham Pete’s recording studio and sometime home
High Street, Wealdstone The Railway hotel (Became The Railway Tavern) (Now burnt down) U. Harrow and Wealdstone A large white building by the tube station, the Railway played host to an R&B club run by Richard Barnes. It was there that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp first saw The Who. It was also there that Pete cracked his guitar neck on the low ceiling and so began The Who’s auto-destruction. A picture of The Railway Tavern (now demolished) is on the inside sleeve of "Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy."