About Tichborne Street

Photo:Brighton Buddhist Centre, Tichborne Street

Brighton Buddhist Centre, Tichborne Street

Photo by Maureen Brand

Tichborne Street

A brief history

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

Tichborne Street runs between Church Street and North Road.

Born of slum clearance

The appalling state of slum housing and courtyards in the area of Pimlico, Orange Row and Pym's Gardens led to a general clearance in the 1870s and resulted in the construction of Tichborne Street in 1875-9. To illustrate the condition of Pimlico, an 1849 Report to the General Board of Health described it as "two roomed houses, let at 1s 6d per week, have no water supply; the privies are bad; the cesspool is very deep, and seldom emptied. Fever rages here frequently". New artisan housing was built, later demolished in further redevelopment.

An 1876 Ordnance Survey map shows St Mary Magdalene Chapel "mission chapel (seats for 1000)" on the west side.

William Sutton, carrier

Today on the western side stands a modern office building, Sovereign House, and 20th century flats - Alfred Davey and Belbourne Courts. On the eastern side is an entrance to Orange Row. A block of flats, William Sutton House, bears a plaque: "Completed in 1986 under the charitable trust of the will of William Richard Sutton, Carrier of Golden Lane, London, who died on 20th May 1900". One of the warehouses further down the street is currently the Brighton Buddhist Centre, plus four storey terraced houses leading to North Road.

This page was added on 25/02/2008.

I think you will find that St Mary Magdalene was in fact in Bread Street, which is now the entrance to Belbourne and Alfred Davey Courts. It was, I believe, the first church built by the famous Fr Arthur Wagner.

By Adrian Carlton-Oatley
On 13/05/2013

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