Welcome to Preston
Hello! My name is Jacqueline Pollard and I am your editor for Preston. I have lived in Brighton for over 50 years and moved into the Preston area in the 1970s.
The development of Preston
Originally a small downland village consisting of four streets, Preston has been developed into a unique Victorian suburb on the eastern slopes of Preston Road. Fortunately the original village on the western side of Preston Road still maintains some of its original features.
How my interest began
My interest in old Preston started when I began researching the history of my house in Preston Drove. I discovered my house had been built on farmland once owned by the Stanford family of Preston Manor. Before the 1870s Preston had been a quiet village detached from its more vibrant neighbour, Brighton. With the development of the Stanford land Preston village was linked to Brighton for the first time, although it was only officially joined to Brighton in 1928. However, many residents still refer to the original area as ‘the village’.
Joining the Preston and Old Patcham Society
I joined the Preston and Old Patcham Society where members had a much wider knowledge of the area and a passion for preserving the wonderful environment of Preston. For seven years I represented the society as the Planning Applications Secretary for the Preston area. This involved looking at all the planning applications for the Preston conservation area and attending the Conservation Area Advisory Group (CAAG) meetings at the Town Hall every three weeks. This can be a thankless task and often applications were approved that many thought detrimental to the area. However, some alterations were prevented or modified which helped to preserve some of the special qualities of the area.
I have since been involved in the production of three books about the Preston area and have a collection of maps, postcards and pictures showing the development and changes that have occurred.
Can you help?
If you have any queries about this area, or can add any information, photos or memories, please send My Brighton and Hove a message by clicking on the ‘make a comment’ link at the bottom of this page.