Guided walks around the historic North Laine

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Join one of the NLCA's tours

By Peter Crowhurst, North Laine resident

The North Laine today is well known for its shopping and cafe culture. Not so well known is the fact that North Laine was for over 100 years Brighton's industrial quarter. It was where animals, water and wood were processed into food, beer and furniture for the resort town of Brighton. Today North Laine is a Conservation Area because it still retains its Victorian townscape and many of the buildings that played a part in the life of the area in the 19th century.

Be introduced to a former time

To find out about North Laine's hidden past why not join one of the Summer Walks organised by the NLCA. You will be introduced to a former time when steam engines were made in North Laine and when to walk through its narrow streets meant having to pass through the noise and smells that slaughterhouses, breweries, soap factories, foundries and later electricity works produced.

The walk leaders

To show you around this historic quarter we have either myself Peter Crowhurst, resident of North Laine for 26 years and at present Chair of the North Laine Community Association, or Dr Geoffrey Mead, who was brought up in the area and is now not just an authority on the history of North Laine but someone who, through his enthusiasm and knowledge, can bring the past back to life and enable you to have a picture in your mind of life 150 years ago.

Self-guided walks

If you can't make any of these dates, then why not try one of the self guided North Laine walks. Here you have a link to Walk 1. Here you have a link to Walk 2.

Dates and times

The guided walks begin at Brighton Museum. No booking is required - just turn up.

The walks are on:

- Sundays at 11am on 2 June, 16 June, 30 June, 21 July, 4 August, and 1 September

- Wednesdays at 6pm on 15 May, 22 May, 19 June, 3 July, 14 August, and 4 September.

A donation of £3 is requested, to go to the North Laine Community Association,

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