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The Making of a Modern City: Brighton & Hove 1875-1914

9th December 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8th January 2021 at 11:30 pm

David Fisher will present this deferred John Small lecture.

This online lecture is available on this page at the time shown above. It will also be available on the Regency Society's Youtube channel for as long as the lecturer is happy for it to be available.

You can read more about the Regency Society's use of Youtube here.


At the end of the 19th century the Regency core of Brighton was surrounded by a much larger town of terraced housing, churches, schools, shops, parks, railways, trams, theatres and other amusements. Since the middle of the century Hove had developed from next to nothing into a polite neighbour. Eminent local Victorians had guided the growth and improvements as the population of the conjoined towns almost doubled in 40 years.

In this year’s John Small lecture, deferred from April, the accelerating pace of change is traced from 1875, the year of the Public Health Act, to 1914 and the outbreak of war, which only briefly interrupted progress. By then, however, Brighton and Hove had taken on most of the characteristics of today’s modern city.

David Fisher is a director of Brighton Hippodrome CIC, which is working to save and restore the historic Grade II* listed theatre in Middle Street, and a trustee of the Regency Society.

Image shows the area between Stanford Avenue and Preston Drove today (Google)


December 9 at 7:00 pm
8th January 2021 at 11:30 pm