About Jubilee Street

Photo:Jubilee street from Church Street

Jubilee street from Church Street

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Jubilee Library

Jubilee Library

Photo by Maureen Brand

Photo:Jubileee Steet advert c.1890

Jubileee Steet advert c.1890

A brief history

By Maureen Brand, North Laine resident

Jubilee Street was built in 1809-22. The area once bustled with corn merchants, builders, undertakers and the Crown Shades public house but after the area declined, Brighton Council began clearance in the 1950s. Most of the houses had gone by the mid 1960s.

The headlines tell the tale

Discussion raged on what should be built and the story thereafter can be traced through headlines:

  • "Anxiety mounts over town's 'waste' land" -  May 1974
  • "Ready to go ahead" - November 1984
  • "Reprieve for Jubilee street scheme" - November 1985
  • "Offices push out flats and shops" - June 1986
  • "Deadlock breaks 30 years on" - December 1987
  • "Site agreed for new library" - January 1988
  • "Brighton blight" - April 1988
  • "Jubil-ation! Spring start for ice rink" - May 1988
  • "Jubilee Street - plan for a better way" - May 1988
  • "It's the site that's not right for this ice rink" - June 1988
  • "Ice rink to go ahead" - January 1989
  • "New look, but no ice rink" - July 1993
  • "Jubilation?" - January 1994
  • "Site booked for a new era" - December 2002
  • "Library on its way - finally!" - February 2003
Award winning library

The new library opened in 2005, winning many architectural awards including the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, one for British Construction Building, and a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award for the best building in the South East.

The Jubilee site also includes a new 'boutique' hotel, under construction in 2008, and a line of new restaurants, shops with offices and apartments above in Jubilee Street.

This page was added on 25/02/2008.

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