Western Road

Photograph of Western Road, c1927.

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Westminster Bank Ltd

Photograph of Western Road, 1930s.

Westminster Bank Ltd was founded in 1836 as Surrey, Kent & Sussex Banking Co. It opened branches in Brighton, Canterbury, Croydon, Lewes, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Woolwich.

The bank expanded over the 19th and 20th centuries, acquiring several otherr banks. In 1970 it merged with the National Provincial Bank to become the National Westminster Bank. One of the biggest banks in the world at the time, it is still a familiar high street presence today.

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Marlborough Place

Photograph of Marlborough Place.

Marlborough Place was initially known as North Row, with buildings dating back to around 1770. In 1819 it was renamed as Marlborough Place.

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London Road and Old London Road

Photograph of London Road and Old London Road, 1930s.

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Marine Parade

Photograph of Marine Parade.

The construction of Marine Parade began in 1790. Work started at the Steine, with developments continuing eastwards to the border of Kemp Town in 1850.

A cliff wall was constructed from 1830 to 1838 to protect the road from corrosion. During and after the late 1830s the road became fashionable as a driveway for horses and carriages of high society.

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Lewes Road

Photographic print of shops in Lewes Road, 1930s.

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Russell Street

Photograph of Russell Street.

Russell Street ran between West Street and Cannon Place. The street was demolished to make way for Churchill Square during the 1960s.

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Embassy Court

Photograph of Embassy Court, Brighton.

Embassy Court was completed in 1935. It was built on the site of a 19th-century villa, which had been demolished in 1930.

The building includes 72 flats with penthouse suites on the 11th floor and a bank on the ground floor. all the flats had electricity and central heating.

Embassy Court’s designer, Wells Coates, declared that:

‘Old ideas have been discarded and a new building has arisen to greet a new age that thinks of happiness in terms of health.’

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Brighton beach

Glass plate negative of people paddling in the sea off Brighton beach, 1937.

The Palace Pier which features in the background of this image was designed by Richard Saint George Moore for the Brighton Marine and Palace Pier Company. It cost £27,000 to build and opened on 20 May 1899 — although it would not be completed until 1901.

A music hall was added to the pier in 1911 which played host to fledgeling stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame).

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Oriental Place

Postcard of Oriental Place.

Oriental Place was intended to be the approach to an oriental garden at the northern end of the road. The garden was  to be designed by local botanist and landscape gardener Henry Phillips. The project was scrapped in July 1827 due to a lack of funding.

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