Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Shelter Hall - June 2019

The Rotunda at Kings Road level now has its windows.

The first of the Neptune head decorations is being fitted to the arched openings on the lower promenade.

From what can be seen of it so far the design looks excellent and highly sympathetic to the existing seafront arches. The quality of the brickwork is particularly striking.

The work is scheduled to be completed this year. It looks as if it might be a close thing.

A New View

The Hannington Lane development has fortuitously opened up a nicely framed view of the copper-clad, dolphin-crowned spire of the Street Thai restaurant in Brighton Square.

This passageway always existed but was gated and passed under the first floor of 16 Brighton Square. Credit to the architect who has opted not to reinstate the first floor in this area and so provided this engaging new perspective.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

WSPU Plaque unveiled.

The successfully crowdfunded plaque to mark the site of the WSPU offices at the Clock Tower was unveiled yesterday by Caroline Lucas MP.

Site of plaque on 'White Stuff' frontage
Suffragettes in attendance

The weather was fine, a substantial crowd was in enthusiastic attendance and the unveiling was followed by a reception at the Chapel Royal for the 200+ contributors.

For background info see: Help to honour Brighton's Suffragettes.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Restoration of the Corn Exchange's Goddess

An Art Deco statue depicting the Roman Goddess of Agriculture is being restored as part of the building refurbishment. Standing above the entrance to the Corn Exchange on Church Street, Ceres was sculpted in 1935 by renowned artist James Woodford OBE RA (1893-1976).

The statue was crafted by Woodford in a distinct ornamental style to compliment the architecture of the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Dome buildings. Specialist restoration work has been undertaken by local conservator, Sarah Mayfield.


Friday, 26 April 2019

A Plaque to the Dalziel Brothers

A plaque was unveiled today by the City Mayor Cllr. Dee Simpson at 8 Clifton Place where the brothers wrote their joint memoir 'A Record of 50 Years Work'. 

Much of the research for the plaque was carried out by Dr. Bethan Stevens of the University of Sussex. In her words; " The Dalziels had enormous cultural power at a key moment in history, shaping the way people visualised things. They produced landmark images, including all of the many illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice books of 1865 and 1871 as well as the numerous pre-Raphaelite illustrations to Edward Moxon's landmark edition of Tennyson's Poems (1857).

The Dalziels often worked with draughtsmen, household names such as John Tenniel, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Arthur Hughes and Frederic Leighton. The final image was always a distinctly collborative production between the draughtsman and the engraver."

It is also possible that the brothers were instrumental in Lewis Carroll's choice, for 11 years, of 11 Sussex Square for his summer sojourns. 11 Sussex Square is also marked with a plaque.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hannington Lane opens

A shout-out is deserved for local architects Morgan & Carn Partnership who have produced a triumph of sensitive design of the highest quality and finish. 
The view of the cupola of the Leeds Permanent building (Clayton & Black) has been preserved and enhanced.

From North St. entrance.

Original brick paving matched throughout

Puget's Cottage restored

Anti-graffiti green wall

Along the lane.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

New Planning Policy newsletter

BHCC planners have published the first of a regular series of newsletters dealing with planning issues around the city. 

Click here to read and follow links.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Mary Clarke Statue Appeal.

The Mary Clarke Statue Appeal now has its own facebook page. See:

From 1909 until 1910, Mary Jane Clarke was an Organiser for the Women's Social and Political Union - the Suffragettes.

A talented decorative artist, she had escaped an abusive marriage and was physically frail. However, she was no less brave and committed to the suffrage cause than her famous sister, Emmeline Pankhurst, and her nieces, Christabel and Sylvia, who she had cared for in childhood.

Mary spoke at many meetings, and was imprisoned three times. On 18th November 1910 she attended the ‘Black Friday’ events where, over a period of six hours, 300 women outside Parliament were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.

Shortly thereafter she was arrested for breaking a window and imprisoned for a month. She went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed. After release from prison she travelled to Minnie Turner's boarding house in Brighton to a welcome meeting, then returned to London to spend Christmas with her family.

On Christmas Day 1910, two days after her release from prison, she collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage, almost certainly as a result of police violence and forcible feeding in prison.

Mary’s death never received the publicity of Emily Wilding Davison’s death in 1913, nonetheless her obituary rightly called her “the first woman martyr who has gone to death for this cause.”

It is hoped to site the statue in or near the Pavilion Estate which has strong links with the suffrage movement.

There is no memorial to Mary anywhere in the country.

Please consider supporting the appeal.

  • Cheques payable to "Mary Clarke Statue Appeal" should be posted c/o Our Daughters, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XJ.
  • To donate via BACS email:

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

A new Marina promenade.

 Site of new development looking west.

The Marina Outer Harbour development came to a standstill after the completion of phase 1 in 2016 which saw the erection of the Orion & Sirius apartment blocks at the West Quay. Since then the project has  been acquired by investment managers ICG Longbow who have enlisted architects Squire & Partners to produce new plans for phases 2 & 3. Squire & Partners have an impressive portfolio of modern developments in their portfolio including Chelsea Barracks.

Whereas the earlier plans envisaged 4 discrete apartment blocks on platforms projecting out over the spending beach the latest plans have drawn some inspiration from the city's seafront squares and crescents.

Impression of new scheme looking west.
Pink areas indicate retail facilities

For the public at large the new scheme has the advantage of providing near level access from Madeira Drive via the western breakwater, several new public squares, and great permeability throughout the site, not the least including a new 250m long promenade with views directly out to sea through the harbour arms. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

New bid for Pavilion Gardens conservation.


BHCC are preparing to resubmit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to develop plans for the improvement and conservation of the Royal Pavilion Garden and get it removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Last year, following a consultation launched which attracted more than 1,300 responses, a bid was submitted for £194,000 to develop conservation plans ready for a funding bid for £3.3 million. Unfortunately, the bid was unsuccessful.

However, the Heritage Lottery Fund encouraged the council to re-submit, highlighting work that should be undertaken in the meantime.  This includes:

  • Carrying out an access audit
  • Developing designs of what a new boundary and improved entrances might look like
  • Providing evidence of how multi agency working will tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Providing more details of an activity programme, interpretation strategy and volunteer roles and skills.

The estimated cost of this work is £25,000 which would be met from the Royal Pavilion and Museums core budgets.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Hanningtons Lane progress

From Meeting House Lane

From Brighton Place.

Hanningtons Lane viewed from each end is only now beginning to emerge from the scaffolding although completion was originally expected mid-2018.