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Kemp Town Society

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Neighbourhoods : Kemp Town Society


about us
The Society membership consists of residents of the Estate and the wider community who share the importance of maintaining or improving the work of preservation of the Estate and upholding of its Grade 1 listing status as one of the leading residential Regency conservation areas in the UK as designated under section 227 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.
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Its future goal is to entrench the Estate and the Enclosures, the 6 acres of gardens around which the Estate are planned, as a nationally important architectural Heritage site.

The Estate, consisting of Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent and the adjoining Arundel and Chichester Terraces, covers a larger area than Grosvenor Square, London. Eclipsing Bath’s Royal Crescent in diameter, Lewes Crescent is the largest residential crescent in Europe.

Possessing the same style and structure as houses in Belgravia and Pimlico, the Estate’s commanding position overlooking the English Channel underscores Brighton’s image as “London by the sea”.

History
The original estate was laid out in 1825, but eventually scaled back to 106 houses by 1828. Many houses were purchased by Thomas Cubitt, the house builder of Belgravia and Pimlico, when Thomas Kemp became impecunious. This was prior to the railway arriving in Brighton in 1844 and the novelty of seawater “batheing”
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Society mission
The Society’s mission is to be the voice of its membership who are entrusted with upholding the grand vision of the Estate’s founder, The Revd. Thomas Reed Kemp and his architects, Charles Busby and Amon Wilds. In addition, the Society stands up on behalf of members against unwanted decisions detrimental to the Estate conservation principles as well as provides a social forum of entertainment events and encourage an interactive community spirit for its members. Many of these events are extended to other residents on the estate and further afield.

The Society holds its Annual General Meeting in the springtime – usually April each year. The Treasurer issues the financial report of the Charity.

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The Society’s mission is to be the voice of its membership who are entrusted with upholding the grand vision of the Estate’s founder

Neighbourhoods: see also

Clifton Montpelier Powis
Cornerstone Community Centre
Hangleton and Knoll Project
Hanover Community Association
London Road Local Action Team
North Laine Community Association
Round Hill Society

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