Crown Gardens: dating from 1820s

Please note that this text is an extract from a reference work written in 1990.  As a result, some of the content may not reflect recent research, changes and events.

West Hill is the name given to the eastern part of Church Hill rising westwards from Brighton Station, Queen’s Road and the central valley. It was developed in the 1840s and ’50s with ‘working-class’ and ‘middle-class’ terraced housing near the station, and in the 1870s with large villa residences in the grounds of the former workhouse {83}. Designated a conservation area in 1977, the streets of main interest are detailed below, but see also “Dyke Road” and “Queen’s Road“; also “Railways – Brighton Station“, which was added to the conservation area in 1988

e) CROWN GARDENS: A narrow twitten, lined with bow-windowed cottages behind small gardens, which despite its location actually lies within the Clifton Hill conservation area. Dating from the 1820s, Crown Gardens is said to have been built for employees at the Royal Pavilion and royal stables. {108,123}

Any numerical cross-references in the text above refer to resources in the Sources and Bibliography section of the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder.

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  • I was delighted to find the photos of Crown Gardens. My ancestor Cornelius Oakley (a stonecutter) and his family lived at No. 29 from at least 1851-1853 and probably longer. An excellent resource. Thank you.

    By J. Oakley Sweet (25/10/2008)

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