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While we’re on the subject of researching houses, there is a fascinating website called My House My Street (mhms.org.uk), created by staff and volunteers at The Regency Town House in Hove, a grade I listed building of the mid-1820s as part of architect Charles Busby’s ‘Brunswick Estate’, being developed as a heritage centre and museum. (more…)

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Genealogy can be addictive!

Having lived in the same house in Compton Avenue for over half of my life, a few years ago I decided it was high time that I started researching its history and inhabitants, which has proved a fascinating and, somewhat, obsessive journey.

Running alongside my house research I have also been carrying on from where my late father left off investigating his, and my, ancestors, resulting in delightful and informative trips to Herefordshire and Worcestershire over recent summer holidays. Finding an elderly gent sitting outside the house where my Nan had lived in 1911 was a treat and we got an idea of how the family lived then as nothing much seemed to have changed. (more…)

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BE of West Hill muses while he is out and about . . .

  • It’s gone, it’s gone, it’s gone! Yes, the abandoned London-style cab, rotting in a residential bay in Alexandra Villas for the last two years has gone, finally! Did Santa use it for deliveries? Or did the council eventually take notice of my two hand-delivered letters and one email? Perhaps the wardens thought that, because of the bird droppings, the car was part of the tree canopy! I assume the council (and us) has lost revenue and incurred the cost of removal.

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50 Years Since Our City’s First Conservation Areas

Whilst the West Hill Conservation Area was not designated until 1977, the areas of Brunswick Town and Cliftonville in Hove were designated by the then Hove Borough Council in 1969. Today, there are 34 conservation areas in the City of Brighton & Hove whose special character and appearance are considered worthy of preservation and, indeed, enhancement. (more…)

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On 23 February between 2pm and 5pm, ‘Plastic-free Prestonville’ takes place at Exeter Street Hall. The event is a mix of stalls, speakers, activities and a café. There are plenty of inspiring ideas to help people think about what they can do to make a difference; how to reuse, recycle and reduce plastic.  (more…)

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Last April, in an article about recycling, we mentioned the Green Centre stall in the Open Market in London Road on Thursdays, which recycles many items that are not accepted in the Council recycling bins. At the time of going to press the Green Centre is looking for a low rent, ground floor office/studio where they can load/unload and process the recycling (5m x 5m min); and a low rent space to park their bus in Brighton & Hove. (more…)

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People who receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it are invited to donate it to  who ensure that every penny goes towards helping people in the City to alleviate their fuel poverty. While the impact of fuel poverty in Brighton & Hove is slightly lower than England as a whole, it is higher than the South-East average. (more…)

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