Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thomas Simpson plaque unveiled.

The City Mayor, Cr.Brian Fitch, unveiling the plaque today at the Connaught School, Hove

Brighton & Hove's own architectural hero, working from two rooms in his family home in Ship Street, designed 17 of the City's Victorian Board schools 13 of which are still providing sterling service and 5 are Grade II listed. He concurrently raised 7 children, played the piano and the organ in the local chapel. Two of his sons also became architects including the world-famous Sir John Simpson, designer of Roedean. He also trained the architects Clayton & Black who were an important influence in Brighton's architecture from 1900 onwards.

Direct descendant Melanie Simpson, left. watches her mother Elsa cutting the celebratory cake. Ninka Willcock, Simpson historian, is on Elsa's right. Extreme right, Roger Amerena, Heritage Commissioner. 

The plaque was the result of an initiative by the Brighton Society which launched a successful public appeal last year. Donations were received from the Regency Society, Hove Civic Society & The Brighton & Hove Heritage Commission. The Commemorative Plaque Panel provided advice and administrative support.

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