Geoffrey's 2010 Tour of Brighton and Hove

Bond Street view

By Geoffrey Mead

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Photo:Bond Street view

Bond Street view

Photo by Geoffrey Mead

Surprising view

In the centre of the city at its busiest spot on the corner of North Street and Bond Street you can look north and at the end of the view is a green hill - Hollingbury Camp. It is that view that I think sums up much of Brighton’s attraction; big enough for a city ‘feel’ but small enough to have a green view from the city centre.

A boost to the spirits

It boosts the spirits if you are working down in the city centre to look north to that hilltop. Bond Street was never part of the historic North Laine although now it is included in the Conservation Area. It was just the outside edge of the North Street housing until the 1780s when the development spilt out northwards from the Old Town.

Always been a busy conduit

I am not a North Laine dweller but owing to historic family roots to this street I have been given honorary North Laine  status. My grandfather had salerooms premises at 17/18 Bond Street , and Mead & Co were referred to as ‘Premier Brighton Removers’. The street is a link between the commerce of the Old Town and the traders and manufacturers of the North Laine and was always a busy conduit. It still has buildings from the 18th century but occupied by the uses of the 21st century North Laine and is very…Brighton.

Bond Street

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