Old Shoreham Bridge

Oil painting of Old Shoreham Bridge circa 1904 by William H. Bond.

Construction on the Shoreham bridge started in 1781, with its opening to public traffic during March the next year. The bridge spans the River Adur tidal estuary and connects Shoreham by Sea to Lancing. Before its construction, a raft was used to cross the estuary around its location (the alternative crossing being in Bramber).

In 1861 the bridge was brought by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway who charged a 6d toll on the eastern bank of the estuary, the equivalent of £6.96 today.

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St Nicholas Church

Topographic print of St Nicholas Church, c1860.

The earliest reference to a church in Brighton is made in the Domesday Book of 1085. The Church of Saint Nicholas of Myra (the patron saint of sailors) in its current form dates back to around the mid-14th century.

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Adelaide Crescent

Oil painting of Adelaide Crescent by Sidney Dennant Moss, 1937.

Queen Adelaide Crescent (as it was originally named) was designed by architect Decimus Burton for the philanthropist Isaac Goldsmid in 1830. The ten houses were completed in 1834 and Burton showcased his designs for the crescent at the Royal Academy in 1831.

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St Mary de Haura Church

St Mary de Haura’s church was built in about 1103. Its founder, Philipe de Braose, was a Norman baron. He is believed to have established the church after returning from the First Crusade.

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