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The Area Today
To the west of London Road is a mixture of light industry, social housing and car parks. The tower blocks of Theobold House, Circus House and New England House, an eight-storey block of small industrial units, together with Pelham Tower, the City’s College of Technology overlook the London Road. A city eyesore is the site of the former railway goods yard and works, which were demolished in 1979, and despite many schemes, mostly totally unsuitable, remains as a giant car park. London Road was once a thriving commercial area but now has a decaying aura particularly the area opposite St Peter’s church, even the Open Market once bustling and thriving seems afflicted with a sad malaise but is still excellent for cheap produce. The area between the London and Lewes roads has been covered with housing for over a hundred years and has changed little; the most obvious casualty has been the corner shop. Lewes Road continues to serve the local community’s needs as it has for over a century.