Patchings Builders Yard
Portland Street was developed during the rapid expansion of the old town between 1790 and 1820. From the start, it was inhabited by Brighton’s trades people. Brightons oldest builders, Patching & Son occupied No 43 and later No 44, Portland Street from 1832 until 1992. Timber from this yard was used to make many of the wooden groynes protecting Brighton from coastal erosion. This yard also supplied stone and ready mixed horsehair mortar for local builders.
Today, the street still retains its industrial character, but during the early seventies it was nearly turned into a huge coach station. The car park that now blocks King Street to the south is the only remnant of this plan.
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