History notes

In the mid-nineteenth century, Orange Row was part of a notorious slum district. Its old houses were demolished in the 1870s in Brighton’s first slum clearance scheme, and replaced by artisan houses in Tichbourne Street some of which in turn have been demolished.

In the area around Orange Row, 1000 people lived in 175 dwellings, a nest of alleyways and courtyards with appalling sanitation. According to the 1861 census, they were mostly labourers, fishermen, washer and charwomen.

Orange Row in the 1990s has no houses but a line of lock-up garages and a furniture repair workshop – along with a few stray cats and lots of black plastic bin bags!

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  • Although the recent ‘improvements’ in Orange Row, may not be as well as could have been, it deserves to be mentioned that it still may have bins but it is a lot cleaner, brighter and, a lot of people live there quite happily. I think your comments are biased as there is no mention of any of these facts – people have paid good money to live there!

    By Gloria Hutcheson (09/02/2008)

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