London Road and Roundhill

Welcome

by John Blackwell

Your editor for London Road and Roundhill is John Blackwell. If you've got any queries about this area, or can add any information, photos or memories, please send My Brighton and Hove a message via the Comments form at the bottom of this page.

I have lived all my life in Brighton, in the same street in which I was born. My recollections go back to the Fifties and I have been interested in local history for forty years. My particular interest is transport and industry as can be seen from the following notes.

The Area Today
To the west of London Road is a mixture of light industry, social housing and car parks. The tower blocks of Theobold House, Circus House and New England House, an eight-storey block of small industrial units, together with Pelham Tower, the City's College of Technology overlook the London Road. A city eyesore is the site of the former railway goods yard and works, which were demolished in 1979, and despite many schemes, mostly totally unsuitable, remains as a giant car park. London Road was once a thriving commercial area but now has a decaying aura particularly the area opposite St Peter's church, even the Open Market once bustling and thriving seems afflicted with a sad malaise but is still excellent for cheap produce. The area between the London and Lewes roads has been covered with housing for over a hundred years and has changed little; the most obvious casualty has been the corner shop. Lewes Road continues to serve the local community's needs as it has for over a century.

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
I came across your site when searching for St.Peter's Park and wondered if I am in the right area. I'm trying to research a journal / news-sheet called the Wiggarian Times published around 1890/1920 and I think it may have had a religious background. Have you ever heard of it? One of my long lost relatives, an Edith Alice Fenn, apparently used to write verse for it. Very interested in your site as I understand what its like when things we have known and appreciated disappear. In Australia we have the same problem - nothing gets left alone. And just read in my local paper (I'm in the country) that a 110 space car park is to be built in my small town.
By Noelene Bidewell (Queensland, Australia) (26/07/2004)

Your site is wonderful.  But nothing seems to be in here regarding a very old school, namely St Martin's, which I attended.  It was built of Sussex flint and was in St Martin's Street, off of Lewes Road.  There was also a St. Martin's Church. I attended the school in the years 1933/39, and a Miss Cattermole was the wonderful Head Teacher.  The church was well attended then, and had three priests and about five nuns.

By Cyril Pelham (30/09/2006)

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