Monday 25 July 2011

Backstreet Brighton

Nearly 200 years old and showing it, but there is something intriguing in the ad hoc jumble of walls, roofs, and chimneys. The assembly of competing planes and jostling prisms call to mind the features of some modernist sculptures.

Such scenes must once have been commonplace in Brighton: in the Pimlico area, cleared in the 1870's; in the Carlton Hill area, cleared in the 1930's; and in the Russell Street area, cleared in the 1950's for Churchill Square. They are becoming rarer by the year, but more now by a process of piecemeal upgrading than by wholesale demolition. 

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