Regency Square conservation area

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This outstanding conservation area, which stretches westwards from the Grand Hotel to the borough boundary, was developed principally in the 1810s and ’20s, and contains some of the finest examples of Brighton’s famous Regency architecture. However, the district of around 2,500 people now has many housing problems with its many multiply-occupied houses and bed-sits. The streets of particular interest in the area are detailed below, but see also “Bedford Hotel“, “Grand Hotel“, “King’s Road“, “Lower Esplanade“, “Metropole“, “Norfolk Hotel“, “West Pier“, and “Western Road“.

BEDFORD PLACE: A road of mostly three-storey houses, with the bow-fronted nos.2, 3, 7, 25 and 26 included on the borough council’s local list of buildings of special interest. On the eastern side stands the former Christ Church School, a listed building built in 1841 for Revd James Vaughan. The original cobble-fronted building, with its Dutch gable, has a red-brick extension of the 1900s. It continued as a school until about 1948, but since about 1958 has been used by the New Venture Theatre Company. It was also a church hall until the adjacent Christ Church in Montpelier Road was destroyed.

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  • You say that the adjacent Christ Church was in Montpelier Rd. In fact it was next to the school in Bedford Place. When we had an air raid, we all filed down into the crypt under the church, where it was very cold and damp and looked at the name plates on the walls

    By Viv Webb (03/01/2008)
  • I am a student of University of Brighton, and am currently working on a project at the New Venture Theatre, formerly Christ Church School. I am glad to find more information on this fascinating building. Any more information, such as the School’s original layout, would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you

    By Michael Kopinski-Lenz (19/10/2008)

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