Lyndhurst Corner

Photograph of a crashed Gloster Gladiator aeroplane on Lyndhurst Corner, 1938.

The accident in this picture took place on 24 January 1938. The plane  was piloted by Sergeant Ernest Harry Lomax, who managed to bail out after failing to recover from a spin at 4,000 feet.

Lomax landed in Beaconsfield Road with very minor injuries, for which he was sent to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

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Sunken Gardens

Postcard of the Sunken Gardens in Brighton, looking west towards the Peace Angel.

The peace angle is a memorial to Edward VII, sculpted by Newbury Abbott Trent. Newbury attended the Royal College of Art and Royal Academy Schools, and went on to create numerous statues, including the Angel of Peace in Bath.

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Hodshrove Road, Moulsecoomb

Photograph of Hodshrove Road, Moulsecoomb under construction, 1930s.

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Scala Cinema

Photograph of the Scala Cinema, c1922.

This cinema first opened as the Electric Bioscope in January 1909 after the existing shop was converted to a cinema. It was acquired by George Beyfus in 1922 who changed its name to Scala.

Although its name changed several times, it remained in operation as a cinema until c31 August 1979. The last film shown here was Disney’s  The Spaceman and King Arthur.

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Entrance to the Aquarium

Photograph of the entrance to the Aquarium, early 1900s.

Although chiefly designed by Eugenius Birch, the clock tower, gateway and toll-houses at the entrance to the Aquarium were added by T Boxall in October 1874. They were removed during modernisation work in the 1920s and replaced by two square kiosks.

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North Gate

Hand-tinted colour postcard of the North Gate of the Royal Pavilion, August 1907.

The North Gate was built during the reign of King Wiliam IV. It was designed by Joseph Henry Good.

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Brill’s Baths

Photograph of Brill’s Baths, shortly before its demolition in January 1929.

The baths were originally opened in 1823 by a Mr Lamprell and nicknamed ‘the bunion’. It was the first communal swimming baths in Brighton.

After Lamprell’s death in the 1840s, the baths were inherited by his nephew, Charles Burt Brill. Brill closed the original baths in 1858 and opened a new lady’s only bath in 1861. Seven years later it was extended with the addition of swimming baths for men.

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Brighton Station

Photograph of Brighton Railway Station, 1880s.

The original train station was designed by David Mocatta in an Italianate style. The first train from Brighton to London left the station at 6:45 am on Tuesday 21 September 1841.

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Brighton Clock Tower

Brighton Clock Tower, c1905. Postcard.

A competition was held in 1881 to design a clock tower for Brighton, which was won by Henry Branch and Thomas Simpson . However, the cost of around £1000 to £1500 dissuaded the council from building it.

A clock tower was eventually built in the proposed location in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It was funded by James Willing, a local advertising contractor, who gifted £2000 for its construction.

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Holy Trinity Church

Photograph of Holy Trinity Church, late 19th century.

Holy Trinity Church was built as an Anglican chapel in 1817. It was later home to a radical preacher, Frederick Robertson, who attracted a huge following.

It is now home to the Fabrica Art Gallery.

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