1:5 gradient hill
With a gradient of 1:5, Richmond Street was once one of the steepest roads in Brighton and was lined with shops and public houses. It had a wall across its width in Dinapore street which was designed to stop runaway carts. You can see the wall in the photograph below.
First tower blocks
Richmond Street is now restricted to its upper reaches only, the lowest part having been rebuilt as Richmond Parade. In the late 1950s the streets off the central part of Richmond Street were demolished and Brighton’s first tower block flats were erected in 1961.
Then and now maps
The two maps below show the area around Richmond Street before and after the redevelopment scheme. They are reproduced here with the kind permission of Tim Carder, author of ‘The Encyclopaedia of Brighton’ 1990.
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