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Victorian cobbled road

This particular photograph is my favourite. It’s the road that runs parallel to platform seven, the original road that runs out under the platform towards London into Trafalgar Street, with its archways, its cobbled road. I imagine it to be full of life. It shows Brighton as it was in Victorian times. Unfortunately it is not open to the public. in fact very few Brighton people know of it.

Old cobbled road
Photo by Farid

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  • I find web sites like this very interesting but do you know of any web sites with pictures of Brighton seafront during WW2 and Brighton station during this period?

    By Anthony (09/05/2005)
  • Hello Anthony – if you look on this page you will find some old pictures of Brighton Station. If you visit Brighton and Hove Library online at this page will find lots of images of WW2 Brighton – including the seafront.

    By Jennifer - Volunteer Editor (09/05/2005)
  • Hi Antony, I read your comments about the tunnels under B’righton Station with interest. There’s another one which runs from the track to Hove and has been closed for years but is still there. I know it was used as a rifle range for a while and housed some kind of war room but has been bricked up and little known about for years. I’ve spent the last eight years trying to put together a project on the lost railways of Brighton and Hove, purely for fun and some of the stuff I found along the way would blow your socks off! Off the top of my head, check out, as it shows the platform 7 access road in good detail, and possibly the other tunnel as well. Enjoy

    By Loz Russell (29/05/2008)
  • I believe this road was part of a one- way system which some horse drawn cabs used to get up onto the platform in order to pick up customers off the trains from London. The ramp they used to get up to the station level still has some interesting evidence of those days. In order to take the weight off the horses whilst they waited on the slope, the cabbies let their carriages run back to rest against the wall, and you can still see where the wheel bosses gouged holes in the brickwork

    By Roy Grant (06/12/2011)
  • I went down this road as a kid on a school trip, I remember seeing the wheel bosses gouged holes in the wall. I’ve always wanted to go back but was saddened to hear that the road is now closed.

    By Dipen Patel (15/03/2012)

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