Developed from the 1880s

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d) FLORENCE ROAD: Florence Road has some large villas of the 1880s at its western end, with later, red-brick housing to the east. The BaptistChurch is an attractive Early English design by George Baines and was erected in 1894-5. It is a large building, faced in flint with red-brick dressings, and has a spire and tower; much use has been made of stained glass. {62}

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

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  • We moved to Florence Road in 1958 and my mother lived there until she died in 1995. The street has changed very little during those years. A couple of the houses have been replaced by small blocks of flats ( Bletchley Court) and most of the larger houses are now split into flats, but apart from that – and the parking problems – it is much the same as it was.

    By Ron James (11/07/2009)
  • At the Beaconsfield Rd end of Florence Avenue there was an entrance to a field which is now home to a playgroup. In the 20s it was a Tennis club - I wonder if anyone remembers it? I used to hop over the wall of my mate’s house and play football there.

    By Martin Scrace (23/03/2010)
  • I lived at number 32, the Old Vicarage. When we bought it it was a wreck and had just had squatters evicted. It was a beautiful property and it broke my heart when I had to leave it due to divorce seven and a half years ago. It had all the original features intact.

    By Debbie Jordan (14/04/2010)
  • My great aunt and uncle lived at 60 Florence Road, it was such a beautiful house and I spent many many summers and school holidays there. My uncle was a Mayor of Brighton too, his name was Alfred Sader and my auntie was his second wife Margaret. If anyone knows them or has any information about them or Alfred’s daughter, Stella, I’d love to hear it. Please feel free to contact me at  Thanks.

    By Alison Dall Stosic (25/08/2010)
  • My parents moved to Florence Road when I was six months old and 29 years later are still there. I remember the squatters at the old vicarage – they may have left the house in a mess but they were really friendly. Someone ran over their dog and they were all distraught. Since you moved out Debbie, that place has sold over and over again – seems to be a new family each time I go home to visit. But what a lovely property.

    By Rebecca (06/10/2010)
  • I currently live at number 22, the street is beautiful and the neighbours are lovely, and with the church currently being restored at the start of Florance Road, I only wish I could afford to buy on this street. There’s a real feel of community on this street.

    By L.Grant (12/05/2014)
  • My grandparents lived at number 13 Florence Road, in the 1950’s. I remember staying there as a small boy, and playing in the garden. My grandfather, who was an illustrator, had his studio at the front of the house. Latterly, the property was divided into two flats and my Uncle Peter lived upstairs, where he also had a studio. Next door lived the ‘Hogarths’, and my grandmother and Mrs Hogarth would chat across the wall.

    By Bernard Dutton-Briant (03/01/2022)

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