Green Street has now been totally demolished.
Here lived Payne the chimney sweep. His house was decorated with sea shells.
This house came into the news when Payne refused to leave under a compulsory purchase order.
It stood in isolation some time surrounded by rubble and only after his death was it finally
demolished for road widening purposes. He would always walk to engagements followed a few
yards away by his son carrying the brushes. When St James' flooded Payne acquired a boat and
would ferry office workers across the Main Road for sixpence a head. Payne was popular with the local
children because he used to provide an annual outing to the seaside.
Payne's son was killed in an accident shortly after his father's death.