Originally known as St. Bartholomew's Lane

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q) NILE STREET : Originally known as St Bartholomew’s Lane, Nile Street was renamed following Nelson’s victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798. The narrow street was pedestrianised and widened in February 1989 in conjunction with the Market Street scheme, and is now dominated by the Art Deco shops and offices of the Nile Pavilions, designed by the Robin Clayton Partnership and erected in 1987-9. No.1 is a listed building forming the rear part of nos.22-23 Prince Albert Street . {44,108,123}

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  • The two storey white building on the right half way down (in reality two stories with an attic converted to a room – you can’t see the pitched roof with dormer window from this angle) is 2A Nile Street where I lived from 1954 until 1978, more or less. I always thought it was listed too but perhaps it isn’t – does anybody know? The building on the left hand corner was once an off license where a murder was committed some time in the early 1960s (I would love to hear more about that too) whilst the corner building on the right was once a sweet shop. Facing the end of the street is a vaguely Georgian building that in reality is fairly modern – this was once the site of the Nanking, possibly one of the earliest chinese restuarants in Brighton. This area had a lot of atmosphere in the 1950s to early 1970s and even a few local residents although rising rents and prices brought about by gentrification have driven most out now (my mother defiantly remains in the flat she has lived in since the late 1940s).

    By Adrian Baron (06/09/2007)
  • Since the end of 2009 my mother has moved to sheltered accomodation (the 45 degree stairs at 2A became too much for her after she passed 80!) and now Nile Street, like much of The Lanes and the Old Town area, has no more residents.

    By Adrian Baron (08/04/2010)

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