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D'Aubigny Road

¶ Round Hill conservation area (1-17 odd, 4-12 even).
Named after William D'Aubigny, first Earl of Arundel. Renumbered 20 April 18811.
      Lewes Road Station was at the corner with Richmond Road.
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Dale Avenue, Patcham Named July 19281, numbered 23 May 19292. 1ESRO DB/D/27/270
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Dale Drive, Patcham The road was constructed of concrete slabs laid by German prisoners-of-war.
Davey Drive Alderman Henry Davey was mayor of Brighton in 1878-1880. (?)
Davigdor Road, Hove The D'Avigdor family was linked to the Goldsmid family; in 1896 Osmond D'Avigdor, great-great-grandson of Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, adopted the surname D'Avigdor-Goldsmid when he inherited the baronetcy on the death of Sir Julian Goldsmid. (See also Palmeira.)
      Church of St Thomas the Apostle (now St Mary and St Abraham Coptic Orthodox Church) was the work of local architects Clayton & Black and opened in 1909 as the Church of St Thomas the Apostle. It closed as an Anglican church in 1993 and was reconsecrated for the Coptic faith by Pope Shenuda of Alexandria. A set of paintings of the Stations of the Cross by local artist Harry R Mileham was moved after the closure to St Mary's in St James's Street.
      12 (Windlesham Mansions) was built by T Garrett in 1907 as the Windlesham Club. It had its own bowling green. On the B&H local list.
De Courcel Road, Kemp Town From Arundel Road to Boundary Road. Baron de Courcel was the French Ambassador to the UK 1894-1898. (Quite interestingly, de Courcel is the maiden name of the wife of former French President Jacques Chirac.)
      French Convalescent Home was founded by Dr Achille Ventras to take convalescents from the French Hospital and Dispensary in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, soon becoming also a retirement home. The architects were Clayton and Black. The foundation stone was laid by Baron de Courcel on 5 October 1895 and the home was officially opened by him on 8 October 1898, although building continued until 1907. It was run by sisters of the Servants of the Sacred Heart religious order until 1987. The east wing was added in 1912. It closed in 1999 and, after being given Grade II listing in January 2000 to forestall demolition, was converted to residential use, known as the French Apartments.
De Montfort Road Simon de Montfort (c1208-1265) defeated and captured Henry III at Lewes in 1264. Renumbered 7 January 18861.
      1, now a private residence, was formerly the Emmanuel Full Gospel Church.
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Deacon's Drive, Portslade Built 1934.
Dean Court Road, Rottingdean

¶ Rottingdean conservation area.
Numbered 27 March 19581.
      Tudor Close was developed by Charles Neville of the Saltdean Estate Company in the late 1920s as houses but almost immediately was converted into a hotel in imitation of a Tudor manor house. It became fashionable for a time, attracting even film stars like Bette Davis and Cary Grant. The hotel featured in the 1949 film The Adventures of Jane. It was converted back to houses and flats in the 1950s.
      1-9 and 16-29 are Grade II listed2.
      1,3,5 were converted in Tudorbethan style for residential use in the 1930s from buildings of the Manor or Court Farm.
      8, 10 are early 20th century examples of mock Tudor, probably pre-dating Tudor Close.
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Dean Street

¶ Montpelier and Clifton Hill conservation area.
Built 1820s.
Dean's Close, Woodingdean Named and numbered 21 December 19541. 1ESRO DB/D/27/322
Dene Court Avenue, Withdean Renamed Withdean Court Avenue 30 July 19361. 1ESRO DB/D/27/282
Dene Vale, Westdene Named 5 April 19381. Numbered 10 October 19392.
      Church of the Ascension is associated with All Saints, Patcham.
      †Newman's Barn stood on the north side, the site now occupied by a pavilion (now a nursery). It was conveyed to Brighton Corporation under a covenant to maintain the land as a public open space. During the Second World War, the adjoining stockyard (now playground) was requisitions by the East Sussex County War Agricultural Executive Commitee.3
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Deneside, Westdene Numbered 7 February 19571. 1ESRO DB/D/27/ ???
Deneway, The, Withdean Numbered 26 March 19531. 1ESRO DB/D/27/308
Denmark Terrace Built late 1860s. Previously this was part of Montpelier Road.
      Brighton and Hove High School for Girls. Originally a domed mansion called The Temple, built for £15,000 in 1819—probably by A & H Wilds—for Thomas Read Kemp in a then isolated position (until 1834). The house was so named because it was intended to be built to the same dimensions as King Solomon's Temple. Kemp lived there until October 1827, when it was put up for sale but rented from 1828 on a 21 year lease as a boys' school. It was eventually sold in 1842. The High School has occupied the building since 1880. The south-west wing was added, as inscribed, by the Girls Public Day School Company in 1891. The building and the walls to the south and east are Grade II listed1. (See also Norfolk Terrace.) Plaque to Thomas Read Kemp.
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Denmark Villas, Hove

¶ Denmark Villas conservation area (1-65 odd,2-56 even, including Granville Court).
¶ Hove Station conservation area (Ralli Hall, 58-86 even, shops/office block, 67-79 odd, land to rear of 51-79 odd).
Stanford land.
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      49 Denmark House was at one time owned by the notorious Nicholas van Hoogstraten.
      Lido Cinema was on the east side next to Hove Station. It was designed by Robert F Cromie (see also 137 Kingsway) and opened by the Hove mayor Councillor E J J Thompson on 6 May 1932, converted from a failed skating rink that had been built on the site of market gardens and a jam factory. It was acquired by Odeon Cinemas in September 1939, renamed the Odeon on 30 July 1944 and closed on 18 February 1961. It was converted into a Top Rank bowling alley, which opened in July 1961 but was unable to survive against competition from the King Alfred bowling alley on Kingsway that opened at the same time. The building was sold in 1969 and demolished in 1970 to be replaced by a nondescript block of shops and flats that includes the Royal Mail delivery office.
      Ralli Memorial Hall was designed by architects Read and Macdonald and built by Chapman, Lowry and Puttock in 1913 as a community centre in memory of Stephen Augustus Ralli (1829-1902), head of the international merchant trading firm Ralli Brothers, by his wife. The foundation stone is dated 14 April 1913. The building is Grade II listed.
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Dennis Hobden Close, Bevendean Built 2005 (?) on the site of the former Bevendean Hospital. Dennis Hobden (1920-1995) was MP for Brighton Kemptown 1964-1970, the first Labour member ever elected for a Sussex constituency, with a majority of seven votes in 1964.
Derby Place From 55 Edward Street to Carlton Hill. 1851.A narrow street of poor housing built soon after 1800 and one of four such streets demolished in the slum clearance of the mid 1890s for the construction of White Street and Blaker Street.
      Grosvenor Cottages. Number of properties in 1822: 31.
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Devil's Dyke
Devon Place 1851
Devonshire Place

¶ East Cliff conservation area.
Under construction 18095. The 6th Duke of Devonshire lived in Lewes Crescent from 1828 to 1858. Number of properties in 1822: 25.
      10-11, 16-18, 36, 40-41, attributed to Wilds and Busby c1825, are Grade II listed1.
      15 was the home of architectural draughtsman and artist Francis Arundale (1807-1853) and family (his wife was a portrait painter) from 1845. (See also 27½ East Street.)
      37-39 was a synagogue from 1824 until 1874, designed by Benjamin Bennett and enlarged in 1837 by David Mocatta and again in 1867. The building was sold off in 18762 . It is now remodelled behind the original façade and used for commercial purposes, most recently as a fitness club that closed in June 2004. Grade II listed3.
      42-43 and the lamppost in front are Grade II listed4.
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Devonshire Street See previous entry. 1851
Devonshire Terrace From 31½ Grosvenor Street to 19 Mount Pleasant. Small houses. 1851.
Dewe Road William Tombs Dewe was a Brighton councillor at the end of the 19th century. Renumbered 4 September 19021. 1ESRO DB/D/27/77
Dinapore Place Former street between Richmond Street and Sussex Street, roughly opposite Newark Street, lost in redevelopment c.1960. Dinapore House in John Street is on part of the site. Dinapore (now Danapur) was a British military garrison in the district of Patna, India.
Dinapore Street Badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War. 1861
Ditchley Terrace Error for Ditchling Terrace? 1851
Ditchling Gardens Bungalow development behind the east side of Ditching Road.
Ditchling Place Small 'back development' of six houses behind Hollingbury Road accessed via Ditchling Gardens.
Ditchling Rise       25 had the workshop of Alfred Darling (1862-1931) in the yard at the rear until 1926, where he made some of the world's first cinematograph cameras. Darling is buried in Hove Cemetery.
      76-78 (The Signalman) was formerly the Railway Hotel, built in association with London Road Station (1877) in Shaftesbury Place opposite.
      83 was the family home of cinematograph engineer Alfred Darling, who moved here from 47 Chester Terrace.
1881
Ditchling Road

¶ Preston Park conservation area (143, 143a, 143b, 145-253 odd, 253b/c/d, Down Junior School).
¶ Round Hill conservation area (68-132 even).
¶ Valley Gardens conservation area (1-91 odd, 2-10 even).
The section opposite The Level was originally called Brunswick Place North; Kemp land. Section from Upper Lewes Road to Hollingdean Road renumbered 20 April 18811. Further numbering 16 August 19002 and 3 March 19103. Section from Osborne Road northwards numbered 10 October 19394.
      The Level was laid out in 1822 by architect A H Wilds and landscape gardener Henry Philips on open marshland previously used for events and fairs. Peripheral elm walks were added in 1844, a gift from the Earl of Chichester, railings and shrub planting 1877. A children's playground with boating pool was included in 1927 to designs by Bertie Hubbard MacLaren, superintendent of the Parks Department. Extensive refurbishment was completed in 2014.
      St Matthias' Church was designed by Lacy William Ridge, the Diocesan Surveyor, in red brick with a round tower and built in 1906-07. It was consecrated in 1912.
      St Saviour's Parsonage. 1881.
      3, designed by A H Wilds, is Grade II listed5.
      4-8 was the Lady Chichester Hospital, specialising in mental treatment for women and children, moving here from Round Hill Crescent, occupying no 8 in 1910 and briefly adding 4-6 two years later before moving to Brunswick Place. The Countess of Chichester was the widow of the 4th Earl of Chichester (see Pelham Square and Stanmer Park); she died in December 1911.
      5-13, built c1815, are Grade II listed6.
      10 (Glen Roy) built April 1822, formerly North Cottage, 4 Ditchling Terrace7.
      39 Caroline of Brunswick commemorates the wife of the Prince Regent, Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1768-1821).
      95 was designed by W & E Habershon (see also Church Road Hove and St John's Place) and built in 1854 as the Chichester Diocesan Training College for Schoolmistresses. It became the Brighton Business Centre in 1985. Grade II listed8.
      † 133-135 St Saviour's Church was here. Designed by Edmund Scott of Brighton architects Scott and Cathorne and built in 1886. Planning approval for a chancel was applied for on 15 July 18979. It closed in 1970 and was demolished in 1983. The gateway arch remains.
      † 154 Warleigh Lodge (formerly Elham Lodge) was built c1860 on land once owned by John Whichelo, then the last house in the road. It was the home, with his parents, of architect B Harold Dixon for over 30 years. Brighton Corporation compulsorily purchased it from D P Toomey & Co in 1972 to build a school.11
      176 The Jolly Brewer (formerly 110) was remodelled after ebing acquired by local brewery Tamplins in 1874, although an inn was on this site possibly as early as before 1840.
      [265-275] is King's Parade, which is separately numbered.
      292 Stanmer Park Hotel was built c1900 as a focal point of the Fiveways housing development.
      Tram shelter opposite Surrenden Road is Grade II listed10. A similar one at the junction with Upper Hollingdean Road is not listed.
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Ditchling Terrace       4 became 10 Ditchling Road. 1861
Dog Kennel Road Former name of Hollingdean Road. The dogs were hounds for the Brighton Harriers, one of the numerous hunts in the area from Georgian times, and the kennels moved here from Preston Circus in the 1850s to occupy land donated by Thomas Read Kemp. The parish dust yard and later the municipal abattoir were also here.
Dolphin Court1 1Brighton Ratebook 1826
Dolphin Mews

¶ East Cliff conservation area.
Off Steine Street.
Donkey Mews, Hove

¶ Brunswick Town conservation area.
Off Brunswick Street East. Donkeys used for rides on the beach were stabled here.
Donkey Row, Edward Street See North Steine Row.
Donnington Road, Woodingdean 1 March 19561. 1ESRO DB/D/27/329
Dorset Buildings 1851
Dorset Gardens

¶ East Cliff conservation area.
Dates from the 1790s. John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, leased ½ acre of land in Little Laine (encompassing this area) to John Hall and Thomas Tilt for a year in May 1798; Hall already owned an adjoining 1½ acre plot. The southern end was called Prospect Row. Number of properties in 1822: 33. The gardens were compulsorily purchased by Brighton Corporation in 1884 under the Brighton Improvement Act; the railings and walls—probably added around that time—are Grade II listed1.
      1 was built 1801-04 but perhaps as a development of an earlier house. Grade II listed2.
      7 and 12-18 were all built late 18th century. Grade II listed3.
      Dorset Gardens Wesleyan Church was originally built 1808 and enlarged 1840, but completely rebuilt by Liverpool architect C O Ellison 1884, with a further extension to the south in 1929-30. The whole was demolished in 2000 and a new church opened on the site of the later extension of the original church in 2003.
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Dover Road

¶ East Cliff conservation area.
One of four adjacent roads in the Fiveways area named after Kent towns (see also Ashford, Hythe, Sandgate). Under construction by 1901.
Dower Close, Ovingdean Off Ainsworth Close. Bungalows, unusually with double garages beneath. K1969
Down Terrace Boundary of the Queen's Park development. Inter-war-years council housing development is on the north side. Featured in a film (2009) of that name by Ben Wheatley.
Downland Road Lower Bevendean. Formerly known as Reservoir Road. Numbered 21 June 19381. 1ESRO DB/D/27/42
Downs Court 1826-1851
Downs Road Former name of Falmer Road at Woodingdean.
Downs Valley Road, Woodingdean Renamed from Valley Road 30 July 19361. Named and numbered 29 May 1954, 1 June 1954 and 25 March 1955, 7 June 1956 and 2 January 19582. 1ESRO DB/D/27/37
2ESRO DB/D/27/230
Downside, Hove
Downside, Westdene Numbered 13 October 19531. 1ESRO DB/D/27/304
Downsview Avenue, Wick Estate, Woodingdean Numbered 29 April 19481. 1ESRO DB/D/27/283
Downsway, Woodingdean Numbered 30 August 19381. 1ESRO DB/D/27/46
Drive, The, Hove

¶ The Avenues conservation area (2-6 consecutive).
¶ The Drive conservation area (51-79 odd, 52-66 even, All Saints Church, All Saints Church Hall).
¶ Willett Estate conservation area (7-49 odd, 8-50 even, 72, Eaton Manor, Drive Lodge, Baltimore Court, Philip Court).
(B2185).
      All Saints Church was built 1889-91, the east end being completed in 1901 and the tower in 1924. The architect was J L Pearson, whose work was continued after his death in 1897 by his son Frank Pearson. The fittings are by Nathaniel Hitch. It became the parish church of Hove in 1892 and is Grade I listed1. Money for building the tower to left in the will of George Baldwin Woodruff2.
      16 The Gables was built 1882, designed by A Cresswell. Grade II listed3.
      20 Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett (1884-1969), the novelist, lived here 1897-1915. Plaque. She attended a school in Tisbury Road.
      51-53 and 52-54 are pairs of semi-detached villas built by William Willett early 1880s. Grade II listed4.
      55-60 were built as detached villas by William Willett in the 1890s. Grade II listed5.
      63 and 65 are semi-detached villas built by William Willett. Grade II listed6.
      64 was the home of William Willett senior from 1903 until his death.
      67 was built by William Willett in the 1880s. It was the home of Lady Elizabeth Alice Frances Hawkins-Whitshed in the late 1890s. Then in her third marriage, having been widowed twice, and known as Mrs Aubrey Le Blond, she was a pioneer female alpinist. She was probably the second or third woman in the world to make films in her own right. Some of the 10 films she made of alpine activities in Switzerland were included in James' Williamson's film programmes at Hove Town Hall towards the end of 1900. Grade II listed7.
      69 and 71 were designed by H B Measures and built by William Willett in 1887. Grade II listed8.
      73, 75 and 79 were designed by H B Measures and built by William Willett in the 1880s. Grade II listed9.
      76 is Grade II listed10 with 2-36 Cromwell Road.
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Drove, The, Falmer B2123.
Drove, The, Patcham Former name of Ladies Mile Road. Numbered 20 February 19511. 1ESRO DB/D/27/294
Drove Place, Hove 1881
Drove Road, Portslade

¶ Portslade conservation area (Bestwood Works, Manor Cottage, 18-42 even).
      Malthouse and brewery, now light industrial premises, date from the mid 19th century and were probably associated with the Southdown Brewery in South Street, Portslade.
      Peter Gladwin Primary School.
      18,20 were built as accommodation for workers at Portslade Manor. Now private dwellings. Local list.
Drove Road, Withdean Former name of Peacock Lane.
Drove Terrace, Hove 1881
Droveway, The Hove

¶ Engineerium conservation area (Engineerium Complex [see also Woodland Drive], nursery and miniature railway).
Part of the old drove road from Saltdean to Portslade, following from Preston Drove.
      20a The Atelier is a back development built in 2008.
      25 is in moderne style, built in the 1930s.
      65 is in moderne style, built in 1936.
      British Engineerium is the former Goldstone Pumping Station, built in 1866 for the Brighton Hove and Preston Constant Service Water Supply Company, enlarged by engineers Easton and Amos in 1876 for Brighton Corporation Water Department. A strip of land was bought by Brighton Corporation from the Nevill family to make a footpath to the works on 15 May 19341. Brighton Water Department wanted to demolish the building in 1971. The museum opened on 26 October 1976 after restoration of the building. The boiler and engine house and chimney are Grade II* listed2, the cooling pond and leat (1866), the former coal shed (1872) and the walls are Grade II listed3.
      Preston Farm stood on the north side, also known by the 1920s as Hole's [later: Hole's & Davigdor] Hygienic Dairies, becoming only a distribution depot after the Second World War; in the early 1960s it become South Coast Dairies and later still Dairy Crest until 2015. The site is now derelict.
      Mowden School moved here from Lansdowne Place by 1915. Designed by Charles Henry Bourne Quennell (1872-1935). It was evacuated to Market Harborough in 1939 and the premises requisitioned for use as King Alfred II early in 1940 (see also Kingsway).
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Dudley Road, Hollingdean Numbered 26 July 19281. 1
Duke Street

¶ Old Town conservation area.
Pre 1799. Formerly Cragg's Lane or Willett's Lane; also called Duke's Lane. Number of properties in 1822: 305. The street was widened in the winter of 1867 and flint-faced houses to the south of Holy Trinity Chapel (see Ship Street) were removed at this time. much of the north side was rebuilt in 1869. A tender for the erection of seven houses and shops as part of the 'Duke Street Improvements' was awarded to H Parsons Jnr, who made the lowest (£5,200) of eight bids, Cheesman & Co and Patching & Sons being among other contenders6.
      3a housed the Voluntary Fire Brigade c18971.
      6 Victory public house is Grade II listed2.
      12-13 are Grade II listed3.
      22-23 was Holleyman & Treacher's secondhand bookshop.
      26 was Wisden's sports shop.
      34 was designed by T Timpson [Simpson?] for R H Perry's paper-hanging warehouse in 18698
      35 was designed by Goulty & Gibbins in 1869 for plumbers and decorators Sendall & Son7.
      36 was built for George Swain, baker and confectioner, in 1869 by C E Kemp, who tendered the price of £7639.
      37A, built c1780, is Grade II listed4.
      Holy Trinity Chapel see Ship Street.
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Duke's Court Behind 24-27 Duke Street, off Lewis's Buildings. 1826
Duke's Lane

¶ Old Town conservation area.
Shopping and residential street created 1979 between Ship Street and Middle Street on the site of the former Dreadnought Garage. This was also an early name for Duke Street.
Duke's Mound

¶ Kemp Town conservation area.
6th Duke of Devonshire lived opposite in Lewes Crescent 1828-1858.
Duke's Passage

¶ Old Town conservation area.
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Durham Place1 The location has not been traced. 1Brighton Ratebook 1826
Dyke Junction Halt Former name (September 1905 to June 1932) for the station in Aldrington Avenue.
Dyke Road (A2010)

¶ Montpelier and Clifton Hill conservation area (14, 37-55 odd, Brighton Tutorial Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 61-65 Homelees House, 67-121 odd).
¶ West Hill conservation area (1-19 Derwent Court, 18-106 even).
The old road that leads to Devil's Dyke, formerly known as the road to Henfield or the road to Saddlescombe, which became a turnpike in 1777. The lowest part, below Upper North Street was developed in the late 17th/early 18th centuries; between Clifton Road and Seven Dials was built 1848-1853, and the section between these two stretches was not added until the latter half of the 1860s. The road heading north of Seven Dials was built as far as Russell Crescent in 1841 and called Peel Terrace when the railway line to Hove was installed. The west side of the road was designated the boundary between Brighton and Hove in 1873. The section below Seven Dials was once called Church Hill Road; the section below Upper North Street was part of North Street until 17 December 19521. Houses on the west side north of Old Shoreham Road were not assigned numbers until then; houses on the east side were renumbered and the northern end of Dyke Road, where Dyke Road Avenue begins, was defined at Tivoli Crescent North. Section from Upper North Street to Old Shoreham Road renumbered 23 October 19302. Numbers given here are as currently assigned, except as stated. Numering April 19213.
      Annan Lodge. 1851.
      †Brighton Workhouse, with a capacity of 600 places, was on a site where Buckingham Road now meets Dyke Road (then Church Hill) from 1822 until the opening of the new workhouse in Elm Grove in 1865. The land, then known as Brighton Hall Estate, was sold at auction in four sales 1867-68.
      Church of St Nicholas of Myra is the second oldest in the city, dating from the fourteenth century, although a church was in the town at the time of Domesday Book (1086). The churchyard is said to be on the site of a plague-pit fo the Black Death in 1348. Sited on the hill above the old town, it was the parish church of Brighton until 1873 when St Peter's in St Peter's Place assumed that role. The church is Grade II* listed4. The memorial to the Duke of Wellington designed by John Birnie Philip and made by Mr Bushby of Littlehampton that stands next to the font was originally in the lady chapel until 1900 and then in the north-west corner of the nave until 2001. Several monuments in the churchyard are Grade II listed5: those of the actress Anna Maria Crouch; Martha Gunn, the 'dipper'; Phoebe Hessell; Sake Deen Mohamed; Captain Nicholas Tettersell, in whose collier the Surpise Charles II escaped to France from Shoreham in 1651, and Amon Wilds, the architect/builder of much of Regency Brighton.
      High Cross. 1881.
      Hosa Place and Villa. 1881.
      Irish Barn. 1881.
      The Lawn. 1881.
      Retreat, The. 1881.
      St Margaret's House. 1881.
      St Nicholas Church Gardens, across the road from the church, includes a memorial to Sake Deen Mohamed (see Black Lion Street, Church Street) and the burial vault of A H Wilds, who laid out the rest garden and designed the burial vaults on the north side. In 1944 Oberleutnant Richard Pahl was killed when his Messerschmitt ME 410 crashed here. Burial vaults and tomb, the entrance arch and the K6 telephone kiosk outside the gardens are Grade II listed6.
      Nos 3A, 3B, 3C and 6-8 are Grade II listed7.
      11 (formerly North Street) was the Swan Downer School, designed by the architect George Somers Leigh Clarke (1822-1882), from 1867 to 1939. Swan Downer was a local merchant who left a bequest to create a school for 20 poor girls. It opened in 1816 in Gardner Street. A painting of the school by William Alfred Delamotte (c.1853-56) is in Brighton Art Gallery. The building, for a time a night club and now a small theatre and bar, is Grade II listed8.
      12 Lees House is a modern office building taking its name from the Lees Nursing Home which had the same address before renumbering (see Homelees House, below) but was not on this site.
      20, 21 and 23 are Grade II listed9.
      21 (old numbering) was the home of Herbert Carden10.
      21 (new numbering) is Grade II listed11.
      23 is Grade II listed12.
      56 (formerly 59) was the first Brighton home of photographer Esmé Collings before moving to 13 Alexandra Villas.
      † 57 was the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, designed by local architect Thomas Lainson in Queen Anne style, opened by the Princess of Wales on 21 July 1881 (see also 1 Eastern Terrace). The site, formerly occupied by St Nicholas' Church School, was bought for £5,000 in 1871. The hospital cost £10,500. Closed June 2007 when the hospital moved to Eastern Road, converted into flats.
      61-67 Homelees House, a block of sheltered and retirement flats built in 1986, is on the site of the Dials Congregational Church (see Clifton Road) and other buildings, including the Lees Nursing Home, from which it probably takes its name and where film pioneer Charles Urban (1867-1942) died (see also 82 East Street). Unfortunately, the name on the building could easily be misread at a glance as 'Homeless'.
      69-75 has an original shopfront on a corner site section.
      77 has an original shopfront on a corner site.
      81 has an original shopfront, including an unusual curved glazed corner section.
      Pillar box outside 109b bears the VR royal cipher.
      128 and 130 (old numbering) were built c1860. Grade II listed13.
      128 (formerly 38) was the home of Magnus Volk from 1914 until his death. Brighton Corporation plaque.
      132 Good Companions pub was built 1939 to a design by Arthur Packham, company architect at Tamplin's Brewery, and said to have opened on the day war broke out, 3 September.
      148 was the last house on the east side in 1848 before Port Hall.
      150 was called Nakal in 193714.
      164 Bewcastle (formerly 113). Flats built c1960 replaced a house built c1900 that was the home of Sir Joseph Ewart.
      166 was the home of Alderman Dorothy Stringer.
      170 Port Hall (formerly 116) was built c.1800 for Sir Page Dick with a distinctive crenellated roof line and a small statue of a knight above the entrance. A later occupant was Sir Charles Hockaday Dick, curator of Brighton Museum15. It is said to be haunted by a crusader and has given its name to streets and the area around its once isolated position. The house and its walls are Grade II listed16. 1881.
      170a (at the rear of Port Hall) was the home of the actor Lockwood West (1905-1989).
      177 Fairways stands on the site of Bleak House, built in 1874 as the home of ornithologist Edward Thomas Booth (1840-1890), which was demolished c1939.
      194 Booth Museum of Natural History was founded by Edward Thomas Booth in 1874 as the Museum of British Birds in the grounds of his home (see 177) and given to the town by his widow in 1890. It was given its current name in 1973. Grade II listed17.
      208-210 renumbered 26 January 193318.
      211-213 pair of detached houses designed by Harold Turner, in Sussex farmhouse vernacular with Arts & Crafts influence.
      218 The Dyke Tavern. Queen Anne/mock Tudor style pub built 1895, replacing a previous Windmill Inn, owned by William Trusler, who had a mill as part of the building. Originally called the Dyke Road Hotel19, had some original frosted glass, including one pane saying 'Coffee Room', ironically until it was designated a coffee room in 2014. Now called 'The Dyke'.
      220 Highcroft was a large villa, built 1876 for a Quaker couple, Robert Horne Penney JP and Lucy Rickman Penney20. Demolished c1991 and replaced after 1993 by Highcroft Mews.
      263 is dated 1909.
      272 Church of the Good Shepherd was designed by Edward Prioleau Warren (1856-1937) and built in 1920-1922 with additions in 1927. Fittings by F E Howard. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Alice Mary Moor, widow of Rev Gerald Henry Moor, Vicar of Preston 1905-1916. She and the incumbent priest in 1936 donated the tin hut that had been on the Dyke Road site to become the Church of the Good Shepherd in Stanley Avenue, Mile Oak. The church hall was opened on 15 July 1936 by Rt Hon Major George Tryon, then Postmaster-General and Conservative MP for Brighton between 1910 and 1940—who also inaugurated the BBC Television Service that November. (As PMG, Tryon succeeded Sir Kingsley Wood, who is commemorated in Brighton in Kingswood Street.) The church and its boundary walls are Grade II listed21.
      344 had the rustic tram shelter outside until the end of 1977. (The Dyke Road tram route was withdrawn on 16 April 193922.
      Uplands see Barrowfield Drive.
      Brighton Hove and Sussex Grammar School moved here from Buckingham Place, adopting this new name to reflect its location on the boundary between the two boroughs. The Goldsmid estate land cost £4,000 and the school building, designed by S B Russell, cost £25,00023. The foundation stone was laid on 13 June 1912 and the school opened on 17 September 191324. During the First World War it was temporarily commandeered as the 2nd Eastern General Hospital25. When schools were re-organised by East Sussex County Council in 1975 it became the Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC).
      Dyke Road Park was laid out in 1923 at the north-west end of the Prestonville development on land acquired c.1914 and used as allotments. It opened in 1924 and generally retains its layout from that date, including the cafe, which was formerly thatched. The trees on the west side of Dyke Road (the Hove side) adjacent to the park were newly planted c189526 following road widening in 1893.
      Cadogan Court stands on the site of Hove Villa.
      Westcombe stands on the site of Hove Place House.
      See also Old Dyke Road.
1ESRO DB/D/27/309 includes schedules of old and new addresses, and of Dyke Road properties lying in the Borough of Hove (to be resolved by the Council on 12 Mar 1953)
2ESRO DB/D/27/264
3ESRO DB/D/46/874
4EH
5EH
6EH
7EH
8EH
9EH
10K1905
11EH
12EH
13EH 480613
14ESRO amsgg/AMD6621/5/28
15James Gray
16EH
17EH
18ESRO DB/D/27/166
19James Gray
10Richard S Harrison: Brighton Quakers 1655-2005
21EH
22James Gray
23ESRO R/C/47/1, ESRO R/C/63/30
24ESRO ESC/214/24/2-60
25K1915: 109
26James Gray
Dyke Road Avenue

¶ Tongdean conservation area (26-48 evenm 35, 39-57 odd).
¶ Woodland Drive conservation area (Three Cornered Copse and adjacent open area).
The continuation of Dyke Road also marks the boundary between Brighton and Hove and is the section of the road that ran through the Withdean estate. A boundary stone stood on the west side of the road opposite Withdean Avenue. Until c1930s it was interchangeably called Dyke Road. Mostly large properties built over a period of a century or more. Designed in variety of styles from Tudor to contemporary, several are notable early 20th century houses in the Arts and Crafts style. Houses on the west side were numbered, those on the east side, which generally are of earlier date, were not. Numbered began on the east side at the corner of Tivoli Crescent North 4 January 19491.
      5 remodelled c2000 by BBM Sustainable Design.
      32 (Cransley Lodge) was built, with its stables, in 1902 for W Chater Lea by E Wallis Long. A provisional plan was drawn up in 1900.
      34 (Dyke Lodge) was built in 1900 for W B Henley by W E A Gillam and extended in 1907 for A J Clayton by John H Hackman.
      36 Berea House was built for H Sweet in 1898. Now converted to flats and extended.
      42 Earlsmead was built in 1912 for W Porter by E Wallis Long. The gardener's cottage and Peach House were built at the rear in 1927 by Hunter & Bedford for W Evans.
      44 Merok was built by Archibald McLean for T W Price in 1924.
      47 was the post-war home of Air Vice-Marshall Sir Anthony Paxton.
      71 (Valetta) was the home for many years of Brighton-born solicitor Howard S Johnson MP and his second wife, Betty Frankiss.
      Hill Crest was the home of Sir Theodore Vivian Samuel Angier.
      See also Withdean Avenue.
1ESRO DB/D/27/286
Dyke Road Drive Originally continuining northwards from the junction with Port Hall Road to join Dyke Road. That section was renamed Highcroft Villas to incorporate Highcroft Terrace and Parkmore Terrace 27 July 1933 and 9 November 19331.
      St Hilda. 1881.
      72 Preston Park Wesleyan Methodist Church was designed by Liverpool architect C O Ellison, built in 1883, closed in 1943 and demolished in 1974. The London Gate office building now stands on the site.
      Railway bridge is where Eva Knight, a servant, threw her seven-year-old illegitimate daughter onto the tracks below, for which she was charged on 11 October 1895. The girl suffered concussion.2 At the committal on 25 October 'it was expected that the child ... would be called, but counsel for the prosecution said she was either very unintelligent for her years, or had lost her memory through the injuries she had suffered'.3 Knight was found guilty at Lewes Assizes and sentenced on 29 November 1895 to five years' penal servitude, the jury recommending her to mercy.4
1ESRO DB/D/27/24
2Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 12 October 1895: 8
3The Cornishman, 31 October 1895: 7
4Portsmouth Evening News, 30 November 1895: 3
Dyke Road Mews

¶ West Hill conservation area.
At 74-76 Dyke Road, entered from Bath Street.  

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