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The Brighton Society aims to conserve and improve the amenities of Brighton & Hove

We encourage the preservation of architecturally and historically interesting buildings with their particular look and feel…In the past we helped to save Brighton Station and the Parochial Offices, and opposed the demolition of 700 houses for the construction of an elevated road through North Laine….

The charity is established for the public benefit for the following purposes in the area comprising the City of Brighton & Hove and its immediate surroundings:

(i) to stimulate public interest in the area;
(ii) to promote high standards of planning, architecture and design in the area
(iii) to preserve, protect and improve features of the urban and natural environment of historic or public interest in the area.

The Brighton Society was founded in April 1974 by John Morley, then Director of the Royal Pavilion, and Selma Montford.

They had founded the Preston and Old Patcham Society in 1973, but felt that there was a need for a Society to deal with schemes which effected Brighton & Hove as a whole, for issues such as housing, new roads, public transport, traffic, shopping provision, new conservation areas and the character of neighbourhoods. It was to be an amenity society, not just a conservation society.

The Regency Society, Hove Civic Society and the Montpelier & Clifton Hill Association were already in existence, but they dealt almost exclusively with listed buildings and the then few conservation areas. The society was formally launched at a public meeting to oppose British Rail’s plans to demolish Brighton Station and replace it with a 14 storey hotel, moving the station underground.

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The Brighton Society was founded in April 1974 by John Morley, then Director of the Royal Pavilion, and Selma Montford.


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