Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Court Farm Cottages (2)

Following up an earlier post on Court Farm Cottages, Vale Avenue, Patcham, work has at last to started to develop the adjoining vacant plots. Three 4 bedroom detached house are to be built to the east of the existing cottages and a further semi-detached dwelling tacked on to the west side. The existing cottages are to be restored and reconfigured to meet modern standards including new windows. The westward addition will unfortunately spoil the symmetry of the Edwardian cottages but matching bricks and detailing are proposed throughout the development so the overall effect should be reasonably harmonious. Seven parking spaces are to be provided at the rear.

Proposed front elevations from the south.

Single storey garden rooms to be added to the rear 

Friday, 4 December 2020

Brighton's Big Secret - video.


Made by a team of volunteers in the last few months of 2020, this film takes you on a tour of Downland owned by the people of Brighton and managed in perpetuity by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Traversing the Brighton Downs from West to East the film takes in the highs and lows of downland use and management. 
The film shines a light on the history of the downs and the animals and wildlife that live on it's shrinking chalk grassland.

The downs face an uncertain future with a public consultation underway right now. 

Visit the Brighton Downs Alliance website and Facebook page for more details:-

Thursday, 16 July 2020

On-going work at All Saints, Patcham.

Masonry repairs to the tower buttresses, one on each side of the corner. 

The exposed flintwork glows in the afternoon sunshine.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Patcham Place preserved

In the evening sunshine which only reaches it at this time of year.

The gate posts & fencing.
The KSD Group took over the lease of Patcham Place in 2012 and deserve every credit for the thoroughness with which they have restored and maintained Patcham Place since.

Following recurrent thefts of lead prior to 2014 estate-style mild steel fencing and handsome gate posts were installed.  Remnants of original wrought-iron fencing are still to be found at the top of Coney Hill.

Patcham Place was built in the 16th.C but the facade was later modified with the black mathematical tiles that can be seen today. It is said to be haunted by one of its owners Anthony Stapley who lived there c1620-1655. He was a leading Puritan and Parliamentarian in the area and one of the 59 MPs who signed Charles I's death warrant.

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