19th century view
This photograph shows the Unicorn Inn, which was established in about 1750. The building was originally a farmhouse, dating back to 1597. The photo was taken in 1893, shortly before the inn was rebuilt.
20th century view
The sports shop is now Burtons. Beyond Burtons is the emergency exit for the Regent Ballroom and Cinema, one of Brighton’s favourite venues for a Saturday night out in the 1930s. Next door to that is the Essoldo cinema. The alleyway to the left of Burtons dates back to the earlier photo.
21st century view
This is North Street, one of the town’s main shopping streets. Dominated by a new sports shop, it’s not an inspiring sight.