Discover the historic North Laine

Photo:We meet here for the start of the tour

We meet here for the start of the tour

Summer walks with Peter Crowhurst

By Peter Crowhurst, North Laine resident

 Take a glimpse into Victorian Brighton

Take a guided tour of historic North Laine-Brighton's industrial suburb for over 100 years. This tour will introduce you to the North Laine Conservation Area - an historic area with enough surviving old buildings to give you a glimpse into Victorian Brighton. Come and find out where water, wood and meat were turned into beer, furniture and food, and where Brighton's working class found their entertainment.

Conservation Area status gave North Laine protection against planning blight

The North Laine Conservation Area was created in 1977 and gave the remaining historic environment of North Laine protection from the kind of  destructive policies that had been followed by the Council and that had resulted in the creation of the NLCA. Without the protection of being in a Conservation Area North Laine would have changed beyond recognition.

The tour will introduce you to North Laine's Victorian townscape

As it is we still have much of the Victorian townscape that was built in the period 1820-1850. This tour will introduce you to the Victorian townscape and point out those  buildings and areas that were central to the meat, drinks and furniture industries as well as explaining how and why our streets and houses are built where they are. Why Laine? What was the role of the military in North Laine and the importance of the railway? What was it like to live in North Laine at the turn of the 20th century? are all questions that will be dealt with. The North Laine has an important history and if you would like to know more about what was Brighton's industrial suburb for more than 100 years join me on one of the Summer Walks.

For more historical information

For more information on the history of the area  listen to a podcast on the NLCA website, or get hold of a NLCA leaflet on the history of the area from the Toy Museum at the top of Trafalgar Street. You will also find plenty of information on the history of North Laine in the history section of this website

When are the tours, how much are they and where do they start from?

The tours start from outside Brighton Museum at either 11am on Sundays or 6pm on Wednesdays and last about 1 hour 15 minutes. There is a cost of £3 which goes towards the North Laine Community Association. The tours are led by Peter Crowhurst.

Tour dates:

Wednesdays at 6pm: 17 June, 24 June

Sundays at 11am: 23 August, 30 August


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 234, May/June 2015]

This page was added on 14/05/2015.

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