Prince Petr Alexeyvich Kropotkin

Prince Petr Alexeyvich Kropotkin

Russian Prince and revolutionist

A blue plaque commemorating a Russian Prince and revolutionary anarchist was unveiled in Kemp Town recently, after efforts from Alderman Francis Tonks, and a successful campaign by a team from the University of Sussex to commemorate his life and work. The plaque for Prince Petr Kropotkin, a scientist, geographer and social philosopher who lived in Brighton from 1911 to 1917 in Chesham Street, was unveiled on 7th September  at a small ceremony at his old house. Kropotkin was a respected intellectual with a worldwide reputation and an audience that included Lenin and Tolstoy

Father of anarchism

Dr Finlayson, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex said:

“Petr Kropotkin, known as the ‘anarchist prince’, spent 30 years in exile in London and Brighton at the turn of the last century. But he was not only the father of anarchism – and a Russian prince, he was a genius whose ideas about mutual aid and cooperation among animals and humans were ahead of their time. Never has his environmental, political and social theory been more relevant than it is today.” 

Kropotkin in Chesham Street


Comments about this page

  • Most interesting.

    I wrote a feature in June 2004 on Kropotkin for The Argus. My last line read: ‘Surely the house in Chesham Street deserves a blue plaque?’

    Shows how much ahead of us you were Douglas!
    Jennifer ;0)

    By Douglas d'Enno (22/09/2018)
  • Its a shame all those lovely railing and pillars have gone!

    By Peter Groves (23/09/2018)
  • Peter, you may be pleased to know that one original pillar and a small section of the original railing are still there at the very top of Chesham Street, at the entrance to No 1, on the western corner with Eastern Road. Regards, Alan.

    By Alan Hobden (26/09/2018)
  • Prince Petr Alexeyvich Kropotkin is one of the names currently featured on the Brighton and Hove Buses.

    By Ria (20/04/2019)

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