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:



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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BHHC Trip to Saddlescombe Farm/Newtimber Hill and Newtimber Place and Church

ere are some photos of our trip to National Trust’s Saddlescombe Farm/Newtimber Hill, where we had a wonderful tour with Glen, the NT tour guide. After which we visited Newtimber Place (open by appointment) nearby for a tour and afternoon tea with the genial owner Andrew Clay, whose family have owned the house for generations and are the descendants of slavery abolitionist Lord Buxton. To top the afternoon off we stopped at Newtimber Church on the way back to Brighton.  The weather was breezy but warm and a good time was had by all. We even met a friendly sheep who loved cuddles at Saddlescombe Farm and some rare breed chickens and ducks at Newtimber Place.

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Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission Summer Party on Sunday 30th July 2017 – 3pm – 6pm

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Come and join us for our annual summer garden party at

Montpelier Hall, Montpelier Terrace, Brighton


Sunday 30th July 3pm -6pm

Buffet and raffle

Special Guest: Her Worshipful The Mayor of the City of Brighton and Hove

Councillor Mo Marsh

Tickets £17.50 each in advance or £20.00 on the door

all profits from the event to go to local heritage causes.


Please contact Martin Foster at or Telephone him on 01273  729998 to book tickets.

Broken Teeth, Broken Promises

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Bravo Brighton Society for pointing out that the proposed Preston Barracks development on Lewes Road resembles ‘broken teeth’! Full story here.

Though both this and the Circus Street development – both intended to be mixed use student, residential and commercial premises (is anything NOT ‘mixed use’ any more?) appear to be on ice at the moment, presumably owing to University of Brighton (London developer U + I’s intended partner) dropping its student numbers as its place drops in the national university league table.

However this freeze is no bad thing in our view while the future of the historic Mannock Building and the Crimean War building (both recommended to be saved in a council report from 2011) remain in doubt – the last part of the historic Preston Barracks left standing. Any competent developer would imaginatively seek to incorporate these into the development and use them as the inspiration for the development around them so that the final result was pleasing to the eye rather than the jarring proposition that it currently is. For all their touchy feely media relations and support of ‘local makers’, developer U + I (formerly Cathedral) don’t deliver anything special in the final development if the artist’s impressions are to be believed. Yet Lewes Road is a main ‘gateway’ to Brighton and deserves better.

Other news is that the CPRE have spoken out against developers welching on their promises of affordable housing quotas following the fall in some area quotas from a recommended 40% to only 18%, all because councils are under increasing government pressure to meet their local housing targets – targets which are nonsensical when one considers that not one new unit will be ringfenced for local housing need, but is likely to be snapped up by an investment buyer or second home owner, making not one iota of difference to local housing need  ‘Affordable housing’ is also one of the main excuses being used to encroach on once-protected greenbelt land, which makes it doubly outrageous when the required quota is not being delivered in full.

Regrettably, with a hung parliament, it may be some time before there is such a thing as a robust national housing committee to consider these issues.