Tag Archives: Brighton

Modernist Sussex And a Way Out of Crisis

Brighton & Hove is supposed to be a radical city. Or, at least, Brighton is. Or, at least, parts of Brighton are. It’s certainly worth noting that the Brighton Kemptown constituency has voted Conservative in the last two general elections. … Continue reading

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The Utter Pointlessness of Brighton’s i360

From thence to Venice, Padua, and the rest, In one of which a sumptuous temple stands, That threats the stars with her aspiring top, Thus, hitherto has Faustus spent his time The history of architecture’s preoccupation with height at various points … Continue reading

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(Not really) leaving Brighton: a self-indulgent walk from the station to the South Lanes

A few months ago I wrote a post in which I claimed to be ‘leaving Brighton forever’ or something to that effect. That was, of course, groundless melodrama. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have been resurfacing … Continue reading

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Unreal City – Brighton as a Ghost Town

“Brighton is naturally a place of resort for expectants, and a shifty ugly-looking swarm is, of course, assembled here. Some of the fellows, who had endeavoured to disturb our harmony at the dinner at Lewes, were parading, amongst this swarm, on … Continue reading

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19th Century Brutalism – In (Brief) Praise of St. Bartholomew’s, Brighton

Brighton possesses a surfeit of two things: pubs (one for every day of the year, according to local legend) and churches. Unsurprisingly for a city which is essentially a product of the 19th century, the Victorian mania for religious buildings is explicitly manifest … Continue reading

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The Royal Pavilion: Aesthetics & Oppression

It is almost impossible to write about the architecture of Brighton without going into some detail on the subject of the Royal Pavilion. It is both a sort of monument to the studied hedonism of Regency dandyism, and at the same … Continue reading

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The Spectral Beauty of the West Pier

Anyone with even a faint knowledge of Brighton will probably be aware of the rusting hulk crouched defeatedly just off the shore of Brighton beach known as the West Pier. Once a grand Victorian pier on the same scale as its … Continue reading

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The King and Queen: a brief survey of pantomime, mockery and modernity in the Mock-Tudor

The King & Queen pub (1931-32) on Marlborough Place is arguably one of the most jarring architectural sights in Brighton. Flanked on one side by a relatively unremarkable four-storey Victorian office building and on the other by an austere neo-Georgian bank … Continue reading

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The Big Sainsburys: Reference and Power in Corporate Architecture

During conversations with other Brighton residents the subject of ‘where do you live’ often necessitates the use of ‘The Big Sainsburys’ as a reference point – ‘just down the road from The Big Sainsburys’, ‘about fifteen minutes walk from The … Continue reading

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Introduction

The orgiastic excess of the Royal Pavilion aside, Brighton might seem to the casual observer a city more or less architecturally uniform, with two or three distinct styles: rows of Victorian terraced houses clinging on to the affected elegance of … Continue reading

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