Foundry Street event a great success

Photo:Rachel Fielding with the arcaded wall that separated the Regent Foundry from Foundry Street

Rachel Fielding with the arcaded wall that separated the Regent Foundry from Foundry Street

Photo by Peter Crowhurst

Photo:Julia Wilde outside No 2 Foundry Street

Julia Wilde outside No 2 Foundry Street

Photo by Peter Crowhurst

North Laine's contribution to Brighton & Hove Open Door 2008

By Peter Crowhurst, North Laine resident

Almost a thousand people visited the Foundry Street event over the weekend of Brighton Open Houses (11th-14th September) according to Nick Tyson of the Regency Town House, who organised the event. As part of the Open Houses weekend, Nick and his team of volunteers had researched every house in Foundry Street and displayed details of their findings on every house in the street.

A manufacturing street

What they found was really amazing. Foundry Street was truly a manufacturing street for much of the 19th century and had foundries, bone mills, veterinary forges and warehouses opposite dwelling houses. What smells and noises they must have had to contend with!

The converted warehouse

Nick and his volunteers ran tours of the street for visitors and there were also two houses open to pre-booked groups, No 34a  and No 2. Daryl and Rachel Fielding at 34a were amazed at the reaction of people to their converted warehouse, which was at one time a scrap metal merchants. Rachel has said that the Foundry Street event has opened her eyes to what a special house she has and what a special area the North Laine is. She has enjoyed learning about the history of the building and pleased that it has inspired so many in the street to 'open up' next year. Julia Wilde at No 2 enjoyed the whole experience of opening her house to visitors and finding out about the history of her home. Learning that her house once had twelve occupants and then having twelve visitors on a tour brought home how crowded it must have been for the Victorians.

Other open houses

In addition to the houses opened up in Foundry Street, two other houses were opened up in the North Laine, in St Georges Mews and Kensington Place. If you would like to be part of this historical event next year and help to bring our historical heritage to the notice of others, then contact Nick Tyson of the Regency Town House ( http://www.rth.org.uk/ ) or Peter Crowhurst, Chair of the NLCA.

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