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Originating as a small fishing village, known as Brighthelmstone, Brighton’s modern growth and prosperity began in the mid eighteenth century, when local doctor, Richard Russell’s prescription of Brighton’s sea air and water as a cure for many ills was followed by increasing numbers of his patients. The Prince of Wales, later to become George IV, was so impressed by the town that, in 1787, he commissioned Henry Holland to build him a house by the sea, later to be redesigned by architect John Nash as the Royal Pavilion, Brighton’s now famous landmark. The town then became a fashionable resort characterised by many fine Regency and later Georgian buildings. In the nineteenth century, the railways made Brighton accessible to Londoners and its popularity as a holiday centre continues today with a large modern marina accommodating 2000 leisure craft, while Brighton’s University of Sussex, designed in the 1960s by Sir Basil Spence, attracts many students and foreign visitors. Brighton’s population now stands at around 160,000.

 Brighton Town Map

Map of Brighton

Old map of the town of Brighton circa 1950

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