Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission – AGM on Saturday 1st September

Preston Manor 1 St Peter's Church Preston

The 5th AGM of Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission will take place on Saturday 1st September 2018 at 2pm in St Peter’s Chuch, just behind Preston Manor  (please arrive around 1.45pm to ensure a seat).

The AGM includes a presentation by guest speaker Henry Vivian-Neal – on Kensal Green Cemetery and its link with Brighton resident Joseph Rogers. Henry is a Trustee of The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery and the author of books and articles about the Cemetery

Hazel Tapsell will then briefly speak on the history of St Peter’s.

The meeting will be followed by refreshments in the Servants’ Kitchen of Preston Manor (free to BHCC members – £5 per person to non-members). Optional tours of the Manor at local resident rate of £5 per person will also be available.

Please download invitation BHHC AGM 1st Sept 2018 and RSVP if coming.We look forward to seeing you there.

Have Your Say on Brighton and Hove City Plan Part 2

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As publicised in Brighton Argus this week, consultations have opened for Brighton and Hove City Plan Part 2, Please stand up for the retention of heritage, consideration of streetscape and provision of green spaces.

The dangers of ‘low cost’ housing are 1. It seldom exists. 2. It is often an excuse to build shoddy characterless boxes only designed to last around 50 years, which add nothing to our stunning location between the Downs and the Sea.

Consultation notes and portal here.  Ends 13th September 2018, so please ensure your comments are in BEFORE this date!

Happy 110th Birthday Hove Library! – Sunday 8th July 2018

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On Sunday 8th July it will be 110 years since Grade II listed Hove Library (gift to the city from Andrew Carnegie) opened. on 8th July 1908.
At 3pm, Hove Writers will be leading a street celebration outside (cake and cordial) on Church Road to celebrate. Short readings, poems and quotes in celebration of Libraries – musicians and celebrities also welcome!
Everyone invited including children.
Dress code: Bright colours (or Edwardian costume if you have one)
A few will go to the Connaught pub afterwards for a drink, but library lovers wanted to honour Andrew Carnegie (a teetotaller) in the street celebration.
Please attend and show your love and appreciation for this jewel in Hove’s crown.
Hove Carnegie Library is much loved and much used, yet has suffered many threats over the years so Hove Writers thought it would be nice to do something positive with this celebration and show public appreciation. If you would like to contribute a reading or piece, please email to let them know.
Facebook invitation here
Those were the days when philanthropists donated whole public buildings to the community. And what good value for money this handsome listed building (on land also donated) has proven for 110 years.  Thank you Mr Carnegie. Here’s to the next 110 years! Full history here.

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.

Facebook page here

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!

Brighton General Hospital 2 Brighton General Hospital

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

houses to be demolished Kingsway

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.


King's House King's House new development


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