The industrial heritage of North Laine

Photo:Peter Crowhurst led the walk

Peter Crowhurst led the walk

All photos by Henry Bruce

Photo:Maps and photos illustrated the tour

Maps and photos illustrated the tour

Photo:Outside what was once a grain store in Foundry Street

Outside what was once a grain store in Foundry Street

Guided walk on 11th January 2009

By Barbara Pawulska, North Laine resident

When you know where to look, there is much evidence of the industrial heritage of North Laine.

A trip back in time

On Sunday 11th January 2009 around 25 people joined Peter Crowhurst on a trip back in time, exploring its development from arable field to Brighton's industrial hub.

The reality of Regency life

This fascinating walking tour reminded us of the reality of Regency life - a stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion were rows of slaughterhouses, discharging blood and guts into the open sewers. Malthouses, foundries, sawmills and factories were also a feature of North Laine in the mid 19th century. Workers' accommodation varied - from overcrowded slums to the relative luxury of a Victorian block of flats.

Different styles of building

It was intriguing to see the different styles of building, which reflect the way in which the area had been developed and which contribute to the cosmopolitan feel of North Laine today.

It finished in Foundry Street

The two-hour walk finished in Foundry Street, where we learned that the residents of the time not only had the large foundry to contend with, but there was also a lead factory, a bone mill, and a soap factory. After our walk through the past, it was not difficult to imagine the noise and dirt of those days, a very different Regency Brighton.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 196, January/February 2009]

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