Ovingdean Green Festival – Saturday 23rd June 2018


Ovingdean is hosting its first Green Festival on Greenways/Ovingdean Road. There will be stalls, activities and speakers all concerning local ecology, heritage and environmental sustainability.

Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission will be holding a stall there. Martin Foster of BHCC will also be in the church illustrating the historic details.

12 noon – 5.00pm. All welcome.

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Travel: The Big Lemon bus service runs from :Brighton station at  1123 1323   1523 and arrives at the corner of Greenways/Ainsworth avenue at the corner of Greenways  1152, 1352, 1552.
 The return journey  leaves Ovingdean but only to the Royal Sussex County at 12.25,13.25, 14.25  15.30 with a service to Brighton station leaving at 16.30.
In addition to link in with  the buses that regularly travel along the sea front and stop at the St Dunstans stop ie mainly the 52 and 57,  there will be a shuttle bus parked in the bus stop area on Greenways between the hours of 12 noon and 4pm which will take passengers from the coast road to the bottom of Ainsworth avenue. The ride is free but if you would like to make a donation to the Stroke Association  in the bus that would be most welcome

Save Brighton General Hospital buildings!

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One of the last remaining workhouses in Britain, erected in 1865, Brighton General Hospital sits atop the hill of Elm Grove. It is currently at risk of either full or semi-demolition to fund development of a shiny new ‘health hub’, or worse still, a bland housing development of several hundred units undeserving of a hillside position.

If you wish to save it as a hospital, please complete NHS survey here. Choose option 1 or 2 to see it restored or refurbished (the cheapest and greenest option as well as the most noble). It is not after all a shiny new facility which delivers good health care, but having sufficient doctors, nurses, equipment, building maintenance and nursing care. I am sure we have all visited someone in a shiny new PFI hospital where the level of care and attention is actually poorer than it was in the original hospital, often because there is less money left in the pot for actual patient care. In addition most hospitals have closed their nurses’ home or sold it off to developers when they used to provide affordable onsite accommodation for key worker nurses.

History of Brighton General Hospital documented here.

If Brighton General is to be lost as a hospital, the existing building would make a handsome flat conversion and would be much more affordable than a newbuild. In addition, there is more local demand for flats than houses.

Here is an example of a similar project involving a former London workhouse dating from 1770s which inspired Dicken’s Oliver Twist.

A previous plan for a new school seems to have been discarded but some have suggested that turning Brighton General Hospital back to its original purpose, but as a 21st century style ‘workhouse’ (aka rehabilitation centre/hostel), could be an innovative and very welcome alternative to the growing problem of street homelessness in the city.  Certainly Emmaus have previously expressed an interest in obtaining a city centre HQ/complex, and they provide full service and support for the vulnerable, getting them back into society, work and housing.

Worrying Developments – Two Hove Seafront Planning Applications

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Western Esplanade – 239-243 Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4HE – planning application



We object to the demolition of three 1930s family homes to facilitate the erection of an 8-storey block of flats comprising 37 units on the grounds that it is overdevelopment of an area directly overlooking the historic areas of Hove Lawns and Hove Lagoon seafront and injurious to the street scene and nature of the Western Esplanade, which was never intended for high-rise development. The proposed block is also of unsympathetic brutalist appearance and scale and will be overbearing for many neighbours who stand to lose light and privacy.

Please click on link under above address to submit your own comments to Brighton and Hove City Council Planning application for this development.


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King’s House, Grand Avenue,  Hove, BN3 2LS –  planning application



While we welcome the conversion of King’s Road council offices into residential accommodation and the restoration of original features to the original building, we object to the erection of two modern residential blocks behind King’s House on the grounds of overdevelopment and spoiling of the street scene. We cannot yet comment on the materials used (not revealed), but the new build appears much darker and less symmetrical than the surrounding buildings and too tall, spoiling the sightline of Grand Avenue and intruding above the towers of the original Grade II listed King’s House. The Second Avenue rear extensions to the corner property (a good example of Victorian Italianate style) also impact negatively on Second Avenue, the rooflines and the vista to the seafront, as yet almost unspoiled. The whole development is visually unbalanced on both Grand Avenue and Second Avenue, overpowering and diminishing the visual statement of the lower areas of King’s House. The design needs to be completely revisited, ideally to be subservient or complementary to the original Grade II listed building and not overpower its neighbours. Even the 1980s council extension to the rear of King’s House was more appropriate and sensitive than what is proposed, though the new builds can remain detached from the original King’s House.

Please click on link under above address to submit your own comments to Brighton and Hove City Council Planning application for this development.

Photographs from Ernest Beal Ceremony

Despite the snow we were blessed with the perfect weather for the ceremonial unveilings on Friday  to Ernest Beal VC at The War Memorial and 148 Lewes Road (his birthplace), which was a great success with over 200 people attending, including Fairlight Primary School for the Lewes Road blue plaque unveiling.

Coverage of Ernest Beal ceremony by Brighton Argus here.

Photos from the Ernest Beale ceremony on 16th March at My Brighton and Hove website here.

BBC South TV also covered the ceremony

Heritage Events 2018




Sat 2nd June  Trip to Pyecombe Church, Clayton Church, Old Land mill and Penbury House and Garden for tea.

Sat 9th June – M&M Historic Tours trip to Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway and Great Dixter House & Gardens

Saturday 28th July BHHC Summer Garden Party at Montpelier Hall, 3pm

Saturday 18th August M&M Historic Tours trip to Spelhurst Church and Heaver Castle

Saturday 18th + Sunday 19th August – BHHC stall at Brunswick Festival

Saturday 1st September BHHC AGM 2.00pm St Peter’s Preston followed by tea and optional chargeable tour at Preston Manor

Saturday 15th September – M&M Historic Tours trip to Queen’s House and Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College (Greenwick)

Thursday 6th December – BHHC Christmas party at Montpellier Hall, 7pm Please contact Martin Foster for further information: martin.foster2@btinternet.com



The Graffiti Scourge of Brighton and Hove

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In the past twelve months Brighton and Hove has become the victim of an epidemic of graffiti, artlessly and indiscriminately scrawled across every unguarded wall and render, or so it seems. No building is safe. Even security shutters are not safe. Property owners hardly dare put up scaffolding for fear of enabling access to these talentless vandals.
It is a well known fact that graffiti, if not removed immediately, quickly leads to even more graffiti which in turn leads to defacement of the whole neighbourhood, like a cancer, bringing the area down both aesthetically and economically as it increasingly resembles a ghetto. Our city already suffers from a large number of empty commercial premises and these are even less likely to be re-let if graffiti is allowed to proliferate.

We at Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission wholly condemn the criminal activity of graffiti and suggest Brighton and Hove City Council bring in the following measures as a matter of urgency:

1. Property owners to be compelled to remove or paint over graffiti within 7 working days of it being reported.
2. Compulsory fitting of scaffold alarms to all building works (inexpensive and also recommended for health and safety as well as security reasons).
3. Fines of up to £50,000 (or 5 years imprisonment) for anyone caught in the act of executing graffiti, to bring this into line with the council fines currently imposed for the improper disposal of bulky waste and fly tipping. Any monies collected could then form a fund to help recover council costs and offer compensation to victims of graffiti for costs incurred in its removal.

Brighton and Hove may be known as a liberal city, but this graffiti scourge is a blot on our landscape impinging on the quality of life and the built environment which cannot be tolerated.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from BHHC

Remembrance Service 12th Nov 2017 BHHC Wreath

In November BHHC laid a wreath at the War Memorial. We also hosted our WWI exhibition at Jubilee Library for the third Autumn in succession.

Among the projects we have got involved with this year, we count Brighton and Hove Way, Cllr Pete West’s campaign to have this walking route around Brighton and Hove officially recognised.  BHHC donated £150 to this project and the following towards other restoration projects. Masonic Temple refurbishment in Queen’s Road, £150, Madeira Arches restoration £300 and Brighton and Saltdean Lido £150.


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BHHC committee member and local historian, Val Brown published her second book, a biography of Toupie Lowther, the famous female athlete and suffragette.

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