History notes

Pelham Square was built in the second half of the nineteeth century, named after Lord Pelham of Stanmer. Work started on the first terrace (on the west side of the square) in 1856.

The square was developed by two Brighton businessmen, Mr Hack and Mr Lynn, who owned the land on which the square is built. Mr Hack, an alderman, lived opposite the square on Trafalgar Street.

Pelham Square wasn’t originally intended as a square. At the west side of the square two houses were tacked on, to make a cul-de-sac instead of a thoroughfare towards the sea.

Comments about this page

  • I am interested in the businesses that were below no. 25 Pelham Square in the 1930s. Especially Adam’s and Broadbridge. I’m involved in an oral history project and it would interest me greatly.

    By Martin Curtis (09/06/2007)
  • Martin, Telephone Gordon Dean on 01903-605954 and he will tell you all that you wish to know. Gordon lived in Pelham St from the 1930s until 1952. He asked me to get in touch as he doesn’t have a computer.

    By Viv Webb (22/06/2007)
  • I am doing a project on this square, where I need to establish the context of the area and narrow down the history to a specific moment in time. Do you know if Gordon Dean still has the same number or if he would be ok with me getting in contact? [Hello Gaby, so sorry but we would not be able to verify if the gentleman’s number is the same one that is stated or if it appropriate to call, as it it some years ago. With luck you will find a helpful Brightonian who, on reading your request, will reply to you via the website and assist you in your search. Keep checking the pages and Good Luck with the project. Editing Team]  

    By Gaby (15/10/2015)
  • Gaby, if you go to the box  top right on this page there are highly detailed links to Pelham Square provided by residents and researchers, there should be plenty for you to follow up there. It would help contributors to the site if you could be more specific about the purpose of the research you are undertaking.

    By Geoffrey Mead (16/10/2015)

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