The Pepper-pot was built to house the villa’s pump and water tank. It supplied water by force from the pressure of water contained in the large tank in the top of the tower.
It has since been used for printing and publishing the Brighton Daily Mail; as an observation tower in the Second World War; a scout headquarters; an artist’s studio, and finally as a public convenience. Today it is not used at all.
Inside the ‘Pepperpot’
In April 2003 I was allowed inside the ‘Pepperpot’. The photographs here record my visit and show the views from its windows. It was very damp, very smelly and there was a layer of slime on everything! It’s a real shame that it’s being left in this state.