A potted history of the area
This is a complex area in social terms. The earliest development was around the fringe of the German Spa and leisure grounds of Queen Adelaide’s Park (King William IV’s wife). Only one villa of a planned luxury estate was ever built – the Attree Villa – and that was scandalously demolished in the 1970’s. The park itself survives as a green lung, with some fine trees, set in a lovely bowl shaped valley with a large duck-filled lake, a Victorian clock tower and a good cafe.
Early 20th century devopment
Early 20th century development around the fringes of the park is generally of the Tudor Vernacular Revival school of architecture, with lots of red brick, terracotta, and stained glass; away from the immediate surrounds housing is mostly red brick and/or rendered terraces. Most of this housing dates from the early years of the 20th century when the new electric trams were able to negotiate the steep Brighton hills that had defeated the horse-bus network.
A wide social spectrum
Further out still, the area blends into the inter-war council housing of Down terrace, the Victorian terraces of Hanover and the housing redevelopment zone along Eastern Road. It is an area that stretches across the social spectrum; from the Volvo-owning Guardian readers of West Drive, to the boy racers up on Pankhurst Avenue, to the socially committed Sussex students of bed-sit land in Queens Park Road.