Gloucester Road marks the boundary between the Second and Third Furlongs of the North Laine and was the access road or leakway between these fields. Currently it is the heart of the second hand furniture and antiques trade.
This type of trade used to be located in the Lanes area of the Old Town prior to the area’s development in the 1960s, which caused land values to rise. This resulted in a movement of the antiques trade to the former industrial area of the North Laine. The Gloucester Road warehouses and yards are ideal for recycling the wealth of architectural fittings stripped from Brighton dwellings as the town undergoes change and renewal.