Timeline

 

Brighton and Hove timeline

1860
January 2  Morning and evening concerts in Brighton by Giovanni Bottesini, Brinley Richards, Louis Engel, Mlle Corbari, Mme Badia, Herr Reichardt, Joseph Tagliafico and other eminent artistes.
January 5  Brighton's Fishermen's Home is inaugurated.
January 5  A public meeting in favour of the Maine Liquor Law, promoting temperance, is held in Brighton. [Maine Road in Manchester was later named in honour of this law.]
January 7  Sir Francis Goldsmid hosts a dinner at the King and Queen for men building the Hove Estate.
January 9  Musical entertainment of English folk music given by Miss Poole and Mr Ramsden.
January 18  The annual dinner for railway workshop workmen is held at the King and Queen.
January 25  The new Hedgland organ is inaugurated at St Peter's Church.
January 27  A special Town Council meeting resolved to approve the Borough Improvement Bill.
January 31  A public meeting is held on connection with the School of Art.
February 4  Brighton Female Penitents' Home opens.
February 9  The Brighton Improvement Bill is rejected at an 'immense' vestry meeting.
February 14  Brighton Town Council resolve to withdraw the Improvement Bill from the House of Commons.
February 27  A windmill near Portslade is blown down during a gale.
March 8  A vestry meeting resolves against immediate introduction of the Local Government Act to Brighton.
March 15  New schools, paid for by subscription, open at Rottingdean.
March 19  Brighton Town Council decides by 40 to five to apply for the introduction of the Local Government Act.
March 26  Public meeting of the 'Peace-at-any-price' party.
March 31  Brighton inhabitants' meeting resolves to petition against the introduction of the Local Government Act.
April 27  Meeting of Cliftonville copyholders to discuss enfranchisement of their properties.
May 3  The Eastern Terrace houses are sold at auction in London.
May 15-16  Lengthened enquiry by government commissioner Mr Austin into the introduction of the Local Government Act in Brighton.
June 2  Two vessels wrecked in front of Brighton during a severe gale.
June 27  A public meeting in the Town Hall to denounce the Government Census Bill, which proposes the introduction of a question about 'religious profession'. The proposal is abandoned.
June 29  Death of Vice-Admiral Sir George Brooke-Pechell MP.
July 2  The Mayor of Brighton convenes a meeting to denounce the House of Lords' vote to oppose repeal of the paper duty, the first time the Lords rejected a money bill in over 200 years. [Gladstone included the measure in the first ever consolidated Finance Bill the following year and it was passed by both houses.]
July 10  A 'mob meeting' at Brighton Town Hall contests the merits of the two liberal candidates for the vacant parliamentary seat, ending in 'confusion worse confounded'.
July 16  Parliamentary by-election caused by the death of Sir George Pechell. James White is returned with by far the largest majority over his Conservative rival since the constituency was created in 1832. The other Liberal receives barely a tenth as many votes.
July 18  An eclipse of the sun is visible at Brighton.
July 28  Henry Nye Chart begins his seventh season as lessee and manager of the Brighton Theatre.
August 2  Christy's Minstrels perform in Brighton.
September 17  Concert at the Pavilion by Thérèse Tietjens, Antonio Giuglini, Valsovani and Vialetti.
September 20  Foundation stone is laid for St Michael's Church by the Vicar of Brighton.
September 26  A town meeting is held to express sympathy for Garibaldi. 'The attendance is small, and anything but sympathetic.'
October 27  General Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, commander-in-chief, reviews the 5th Dragoons at Brighton. The Duchess and Princess Mary of Cambridge have been staying in Brighton for the past five weeks.
December 18  A town meeting resolves that Christmas Day shall be a general holiday in Brighton.
December 29  Mr Newsome opens a circus in Sussex Street, Brighton.
• Brighton Times launched as a weekly.

1861
January 2  Brighton Town Council sets the rates at 9d in the £ (Town), 1d in the £ (watering) and 2d in the £ (Pavilion).
January 15  A town meeting protests about the proposed sale of the Battery site.
January 28  At a special meeting, the Town Council agrees to acquire the Battery site from the government for £1,000.
February 6  Brighton Town Council agrees to purchase the site at the top of North Street known as Pollard's for £2,500.
February 14  Government inspector Henry Austin holds a court of inquiry into amalgamating the Local Act with the Local Government Act.
March 6  Brighton Town Council agrees to Cheesman's tender of £1,860 to built a new groyne near Albion groyne.
March 11  A vestry meeting sgrees to convert some of the smaller rooms in the Pavilion into exhibition galleries and for other purposes.
March 12  An 'indignation meeting' of 'the mob of Brighton' about reform occurs at the Town Hall.
March 20  Henry Catt presents to the town a bust of Rev F W Robertson, intended for the Pavilion.
March 25  A public meeting at the Town Hall approves the establishment of a School of Science for Brighton.
April 1  First Volunteer Review at Brighton.
May 23  Trustees resolve to sell the National Infant School in Kent's Court to fund the acquisition of a school near St Peter's Church.
June 5  Henry Catt donates a painting of the presentation of Moses to Pharoaoh's daughter, said to be by Spanioletti, for the Pavilion, and a local committee presents a portrait of Sir George Pechel by Louis William Desanges.
July 1  Railway to Henfield opens.
July 6  Hannington's store introduces closure at 5:00pm on Saturdays.
July 29  Major fire at Brighton railway works.
August 19  Holman Hunt's painting 'The Light of the World' is exhibited at the Pavilion.
August 25  Clayton Tunnel accident, in which 24 people are killed and is said to have inspired Charles Dickens' story The Signalman (1866).
September 3  A new picture gallery opens in the Pavilion.
September 10  A nine-day sitting of a coroner's jury ends with a verdict of manslaughter against Legg, the Brighton assistant station master.
September 16  Wilhelm Kuhe's concert at the Town Hall includes 18-year-old Adelina Patti.
September 26  Magistrates sign off a poor rate of 1s 4d in the £.
October 11  The Town Council passes the bye-laws for 'the better government' of Brighton.
October 21  Thomas Jones Barker's painting, 'The Relief of Lucknow' (1857), is exhibited in New Road.
October 23  Brighton Town Council resolves to apply for the power to erect a public abattoir.
November 5  Brighton Museum opens with an inaugural lecture by Professor Richard Owen, superintendent of the natural history department of the British Museum, and a soiree in the Pavilion.
November 7-9  Charles Dickens gives readings in Brighton.
December 4  The governors of the hospital resolve to buy land on the south front for £3,000.
December 5  John Dodson, MP for East Sussex, lectures on the 'American difficulty' at the Town Hall.
December 15  The Prince Consort dies at Windsor. National mourning ensues.
December 19  A town meeting resolves that the day after Christmas Day shall be a general holiday in Brighton.
December 23  Shops in Brighton close in the middle of the day as a mark of respect during the funeral of the Prince Consort.
December 24  Annual distribution of clothing to the aged poor by the trustees of Swan Downer's Charity.
December 27  The King of the Belgians, journeying from Dover to Ostend, passes through Brighton.
December 29  Rev J N Goulty takes his leave of the Union Street Chapel after 38 years as pastor.
December 30  A meeting of the working classes about the 'American difficulty' is held in the Town Hall.

1862
January 6  A town meeting resolves to open soup kitchens for the season.
January 11  Sir Francis Goldsmid hosts a dinner at the Imperial Hotel for men building the Wick Estate.
January 15  Brighton Town Council passes by-laws concerning building of new streets and to regulate hackney carriages.
January 27  Owners and occupiers near the council's proposed site for the public abattoir oppose the scheme.
January 29  Brighton Town Council votes to carry out an efficient system of drainage and to extend the Albion outfall into the sea.
February 5  Brighton Town Council abandons the proposed site for the abattoir.
February 6  Union Street Chapel congregation present a purse containing £233 10s to Rev J N Goulty to mark his retirement.
March 10  Brighton Post Office Savings Bank opens.
March 12  Several local shipwrecks during gales.
March 12  Government inspector W Ranger conducts an enquiry into Brighton's drainage.
March 14  Books belonging to the former Brighton Athanaeum are sold off.
March 16, 22:30  Water begins to flow into the sell sunk at Warren Farm at a depth of 1,285ft.
March 22  A windmill being removed from the top of Sussex Street collapses, killing a man and a boy.
March 27  A poor rate of 1s 6d and a Watch rate of 4d in the £ are signed off by magistrates.
April 24  Mark Lemon, editor of Punch, lectures on 'London' at the Town Hall.
April 26  Many inhabitants visit the Warren Farm Schools.
April 30  A meeting convened by Somers Clark about town drainage is held at the Town Hall.
May 1  Brighton cabmen, hand-chairmen and others decide to establish a Cabmen's Club and Home.
May 3  A cow owned by butcher Stenning injures two ladies and a gentleman while being driven through the streets.
May 21  The council asks the Mayor to convene a public meeting for the purpose of adopting the Public Libraries Act.
August 28  A mass of masonry falls from the north lodge of the Pavilion, causing extensive damage.
September 29  Consecration of the Church of St Michael and All Angels.
November 1  All retiring councillors are returned in the municipal elections, except Mr Rudduck, who is replaced by W H Hallett.
November 3  A system of raising subscriptions for the relief of the distressed in the north of England  is arranged at a public meeting. A number of events follow in the coming weeks.
December 8  Strange rumours spread about the town clerk.
December 12  The borough accountant, Lewis Slight Jnr, hangs himself while 'temporarily insane'.
December 17  A council meeting hears charges against the town clerk of his retaining monies from Pavilion concerts.
December 19  The town clerk resigns.

1863
January 1  Foundation stone is laid for  Belgrave Street (Independent) Chapel.
January 21  Brighton Town Council agrees to add six constables to the police force.
January 24  Soup kitchens open for the season.
February 7  Thomas Attree of Queen's Park dies aged 85.
March 6  David Black is elected town clerk.
April 7  The foundations tone of St Luke's Church, Cliftonville is laid by the Bishop of Chichester.
April 9  At the annual vestry meeting, a poll is demanded and the incumbent directors and guardians are ousted to be replaced by the 'Parochials'.
May 2  Mt Tillstone is elected chief clerk by the council.
May 5  An acrobat performing at a music hall in Sussex Street commits suicide by hanging.
May 7  Resolutions in favour of establishing baths and washhouses are passed at a public meeting in the Town Hall.
May 13  A gas explosion and consequent fire cause considerable damage to the music room of the Royal Pavilion.
June 9  Brighton Town Council accepts the £6,818 tender of Aird for the construction of he Junction Road outfall.
June 13  St Ann's Church in Burlington Street is consecrated.
September 2  Inaugural dinner of the Brighton Art Society at the Pavilion.
September 29  A meeting of shareholders in the West Pier company votes to increase its capital from £20,000 to £25,000.
November 28  Queen's Park, offered at auction by Mr Wilkinson, is purchased by Mr Duddell for £28,000.

1864
January 14  William Coningham announces at a private meeting of friends that he intends to stand down from parliament on grounds of health.
January 18  Francis Kupar Dumas, a Liberal candidate for the forthcoming by-election, holds a meeting at the Town Hall.
January 19  A meeting of 'Liberal' electors appoints a committee to select a candidate for the election. (The Brighton Gazette follows this with two exclamation marks!!)
January 25  At a large Liberal meeting in the Town Hall a 'great split ensues'.
February 2  The Conservative candidate, Henry Moor, meets friends at the Old Ship.
February 10-15  During the period of a parliamentary by-election, Leslie Stephen founds a newspaper, Brighton Election Reporter, in support of his friend, the Liberal candidate Henry Fawcett. It runs for six issues. Fawcett still loses.
February 16  The parliamentary by-election. Three Liberals contest the seat and split the vote (52.8 per cent), allowing Henry Moor (Conservative, 39.28 per cent) to win by a narrow margin of 195 votes.
April 30  Shocks from an earthquake are felt in parts of Sussex.
May 3  A town meeting discusses the proposed Government Annuities Bill.
May 9  A vestry Meeting resolves to proceed with plans for a new workhouse.
May 16  Sixth centenary of the Battle of Lewes is celebrated.
May 31  The last remnant of the old battery, the iron railings, are removed in King's Road.
June 15  Consecration of Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville.
June 29  The governors of the hospital decide to enlarge the building as funds permit.
July 15  H N Goulty is elected councillor for Park Ward in place of the late Mr Evershed.
August 15  A temporary church opens in Washington Street.
August 16  The Roman Catholic Church in Upper North Street opens.
October 18  A new church is consecrated at Copperas Gap.
October 20  The naked body of a girl who 'lost her senses, wandered from home' and died of cold is found on the downs near Patcham.
October 28  A movement to press for reduction of the price of gas begins in a meeting at the Town Hall.
November 1  Municipal elections.
November 7  A another meeting about gas prices decides to form a Gas Consumers' Company.
November 9  J L Brigden is re-elected Mayor of Brighton.
November 15  The Guardians open tenders for construction of the new workhouse, the lowest bid (£30,500) coming from Jabez Reynolds but a decision is deferred to a vestry meeting.
December 3  A concession by the gas company settles the pricing issue 'amicably'.
December 7  A meeting convened by Henry Willett agrees a resolution to defer plans for the new workhouse to reduce costs.
December 8  A vestry meeting agrees to Henry Willett's amendments.
December 27  On advice from the Poor Law Board, the Guardians decide to go ahead with the new workhouse.

1865
January 24  Rev Henry Venn Elliott, incumbent of St Mary's, dies.
February 6  Meeting at the Town Hall of shareholders in the New Pier Company.
February 15  Brighton Town Council increases the Borough Surveyor's salary to £400 a year.
March 1  Miss Burchell of 22 Hanover Crescent dies aged 101.
March 2  Hove residents in favour of the Local Government Act hold a meeting.
March 29  The water company holds an extraordinary meeting before applying to parliament for extra powers.
April 3  The Glo'ster Hotel is sold at auction for £6,250.
April 6  A public vestry meeting denounces the erection of toll houses for the West Pier.
April 6  A new assembly room at the Grand Hotel is inaugurated with a dinner presided over by the Mayor.
April 6  New swimming baths attached to Hobden's baths are opened.
April 14  President Lincoln is assassinated.
April 15  the Town Council votes to send condolences to the widow of Richard Cobden MP.
April 17  The Easter Monday Volunteer Review takes place in Brighton with 20,336 volunteers.
April 20  Election of town guardians and directors.
April 26  First trial voyage of the new pleasure yacht, the War Haw, at Brighton.
May 3  The governors of the hospital decide on expansion.
May 11  The foundation stone of the Brighton Workhouse in Elm Grove is laid by Lt-Col Robert Moorsom, chairman of the Board of Guardians.
May 26  'Disgraceful' demonstrations at a meeting of the Protestant Association in the Town Hall.
June 22  Frequent election meetings begin.
July 4  Brighton Standard founded.
July 13  Parliamentary election. James White (Liberal) retains his seat, whilst Henry Fawcett (Liberal), who lead in the 1864 by-election, ousts Henry Moor (Conservative).
July 19  Miss Emily Ogle, heir to the manor of Withdean and whose greatx9 grandmother was the sister of Anne Boleyn, is married at Hove Church to Eldred Vincent Morris Curwen.
August 25  Queen Emma Kalanikaumakaʻamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke is present with the Bishop of Oxford at a meeting in the Town Hall in furtherance of the Hawaiian Mission.
August 31  The price of milk is increased to 5d a quart.
September 6  A town meeting that shops should close at 17:00 on Wednesdays is resolved but never carried out.
September 8  The Hove vestry makes a church rate of ½d in the £.
September 15  Conference about Working Men's Clubs is held at the Town Hall.
October 23  A meeting in favour of the new railway line from London to Brighton via Lewes is held at the King and Queen.
November 6  Mr Ginnett opens a circus in the Pavilion Riding School.
November 10  First annual meeting of the Brighton, Hove and Preston Benefit Building Society is held at the Town Hall.
November 25  Regular Saturday football matches begin on the Queen's Park cricket ground.
December 7  The Fishermen's Home on the beach is formally opened.
December 10  A new Willis organ is inaugurated at the Church of St Patrick and St James, Hove.

1866
January 3  A Dutch barque runs aground at Rottingdean during heavy gales.
January 6  A 'stormy' meeting of West Pier shareholders Is held at the Town Hall.
January 8  The Brighton, Hove and Preston Building Society (No 2) opens for business.
January 11  The Town Council resolves to convert the Pavilion Dome into an assembly room.
January 11  Heavy snow storm across the south of England.
January 24  The Town Council appoints Mr Gifford to be Head Inspector of Nuisances.
January 26  A meeting to oppose the new railway line to Brighton is held at the Grand Hotel.
January 29  At a town meeting about the new railway line all is chaos and no speakers can be heard.
February 5  The old mill at Blatchington is badly damaged in a thunderstorm.
February 8  George Cheesman snr dies, aged 78.
February 10  Hannington's staff give an invitation concert at the Town Hall.
February 12  A special council meeting resolves to petition parli=ament in favour of the new railway.
February 16  A town meeting is held in furtherance of a new lifeboat and boat-house for Brighton.
February 17  Work begins on the railway extension line to Kemp Town.
February 17  An extraordinary general meeting of shareholders in the New Pier Company.
February 22  A town meeting resolves to petition parliament in favour of the gas company's Bill.
March 3  Sir Adolphus Dalrymple, former Brighton MP, dies, aged 82.
March 10  Another extraordinary meeting of the New Pier Company shareholders.
March 12  A vestry meeting is held to decide on appropriating the northern buildings on the Pavilion site. Daniel Friend moves a sale of the ground rents and poll is demanded.
March 14  Brighton Gas Company's Bill passes the committee stage in the House of Commons.
March 26  The Town Council votes to petition in favour of the new Brighton Gas Company Bill.
April 2  The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge attend the Volunteer Review, with refreshments in the Pavilion.
April 4  The Town Council accepts Mr Howick's tender of £14,640 to build the northern main sewer but Howick later relinquishes it.
April 8  William Willett is thrown from his horse and over the cliff on the Rottingdean Road and killed.
April 18  The first brick is laid for the Lewes Road viaduct on the Kemp Town branch line.
April 22  Simeon Warner of 18 Brunswick Square in injured when his dining-room chandelier falls; he dies two days later.
April 27  The parish bounds are trodden.
May 1  A vestry meeting raises the salary of the poor rate collectors by £50 a year.
May 8  Henry Nye Chart buys the Theatre Royal, having leased it for the previous 12 years.
May 14-15  The Brighton Amateurs give two performances at the Theatre Royal to welcome the new proprietor.
May 23  The Town Council accepts the borough surveyor's £5,050 estimate to build new groynes in the east of the town.
June 12  The gas company's Bill passes the House of Lords.
June 18  The new Railway Bill passes the committee stage in the House of Commons.
June 25  Hodson's old black mill above the Railway Inn is demolished.
July 4  The council petitions the House of Lords in favour of the new Railway Bill.
July 4  The council resolves to increase the pay of the police.
July 26  A radical reform meeting is held on the Level.
September 2  St James's Chapel is opened by the new incumbent, Rev J Purchas, 'with extreme Ritualistic ceremonies'.
September 13  A vestry meeting is held to consider an extended burial ground. The meeting is adjourned to 11 October.
October 6  The West Pier is opened and a celebratory dinner is held in the Pavilion.
October 11  The adjourned vestry meeting agrees to borrow £8,000 to secure additional burial ground.
October 18  A poll is demanded at a vestry meeting on borrowing money to develop the Pavilion and the 'Friends' are defeated by a majority of 938.
November 5  Fanny Kemble begins a series of readings at the Pavilion.
November 5  Mr & Mrs Charles Kean begin a short engagement at the Theatre Royal.
November 9  Alderman Hallett is elected Mayor.
November 19  Sale of the workhouse site in Dyke Road is given at a meeting of property owners.
November 26  Blondin, 'the hero of Niagara', appears at the circus.
November 28  A special council meeting resolves to remove the turnpike gate near the barracks.
December 22  A town meeting passes resolutions to relieve distress caused by colliery explosions.

1867
January 2  Fishing boats are wrecked on the beach on a heavy gale.
January 7  A fall of chalk in the Dog Kennel Cutting kills Henry Oram.
February 20  A goods train runs into Trafalgar Street; no lives are lost.
March 21  Strike of LB&SCR drivers and firemen.
March 21  Major fire at Oxford Music Hall, New Road.
April 8  Radical Chartist meeting on the government's Reform Bill.
April 15  Chang the Chinese giant (Zhan Shichai)—said to be over 8ft tall—in Brighton.
April 16  First County Court session held in Brighton.
May 4  Death of Alice, Dowager Countess of Rosse at 33 Brunswick Terrace.
May 22  Death of the Countess of Chichester, aged 60, at Stanmer Park.
June 5  Inauguration of the Dome Assembly Room.
June 14  Inauguration of the new organ at Queen Square Congregation Chapel.
June 17  Departure of the Royal Horse Artillery from Brighton.
June 24  Public meeting on the gas question.
June 27  Last brick is laid for the Northern Drain (see 1866 April 4).
August 5  One arm and one leg cricket match at Brighton.
August 13  King of the Belgians visits Brighton.
August 13  Inaugural meeting of Brighton Literary Union.
August 17  Military promenade concerts are revived at the Pavilion.
September 5  vestry meeting about the new rating system under the Reform Act.
September 26  A new poor rate of 2s in the £ is made.
October 1  The new lifeboat is launched.
October 3  A coal brig springs a leak and runs ashore opposite Ship Street.
October 3  Brighton Borough Boundary Commission Enquiry.
October 14  Brighton Volunteer Fire Brigade inaugurated.
October 23  Second sale of land from the old workhouse.
October 25  Mrs Stenning of 214 Western Road gives birth to triplets. The Queen sends a donation.
November 8  The third annual meeting of the West Pier Company declares an annual dividend of 12 per cent.
November 9  Alderman Hallett re-elected as Mayor of Brighton.
December 6  Opening of Mr Child's Grand Concert Hall between West Street and Middle Street.

1868
January 8  Swearing-in of volunteer special constables.
February 10  Meeting at the Town Hall about the proposed amalgamation of the Brighton Railway Company with others.
February 19  Town council adopts petitions against the amalgamation of railway companies.
February 27  Sale of the third portion of the workhouse site.
April 2  Last portion of the workhouse site on Church Hill (Dyke Road) is sold.
May 27  Inauguration of the new grammar school in Buckingham Road.
June 8  The Australian cricketers come to Brighton.
June 19  Sale of town lands in Queens Road realises £1,750.
June 24  Foundation stone for the new Wesleyan chapel in Norfolk Terrace is laid.
June 24  The proposed railway company amalgamation is abandoned.
June 26  The great Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein performs at the Concert Hall. [On 3 April 1869 Rubinstein lends his piano for the premiere, which he attends, in Oslo of Grieg's second piano concerto.]
August 2  'The Panic on the West Pier.'
August 3  New Oxford Music Hall, owned and managed by Mr Botham, opens in New Road.
August 17  Marie Wilton's Company at the Theatre Royal. [She had recently married the actor Squire Bancroft and was also known as Mrs Bancroft.]
October 19  In the first of four readings on his farewell tour, Charles Dickens performs Doctor Marigold and The Trial at Mr Child's Grand Concert Hall.
October 22  Charles Dickens returns from London to perform his readings at Mr Child's Grand Concert Hall.
November 2, 7  In his farewell tour, Charles Dickens performs his readings at Mr Child's Grand Concert Hall. Since his last visit he has been to Manchester and Liverpool.
November 18  Parliamentary election. No change in representation, William Coningham stands again but comes a poor fifth.
November 20  New organ is inaugurated at the Dome.
December 1  A Brighton Liberal Registration Association is formed.
December 21  A Town Hall meeting supports a new railway company.

1869
January  Brighton Town Council starts a £20,000 drainage project.
January  An achromatic telescope in Hove Observatory is sold for £1,100.
February 12  Intention to reduce railway fares is announced.
February 17  Brighton Liberals meet at the Town Hall to support Gladstone's Disestablishment measure. 'Their position is assailed with considerable spirit by the Conservatives' [antidisestablishmentarians].
February  In a pamphlet, civil engineer John Wolfe Barry advocates the irrigation system of drainage for Brighton, the sewage to be spread on land to the west of the town, potentially yielding a profit.
March 3  The Town Council orders storm water outfall and groyne works to be carried out at a cost of £4,850.
March 28  Lewis Slight, the former vestry clerk, dies, aged 77.
March  Brighton Town Council's gas committee resolves to procure an Act of Parliament to become 'manufacturers of gas, whereby they can supply the public lamps of the borough, the public buildings, and also private consumers, supplying the profits therefrom to the reduction of the general rates'.
April 21  The Town Council votes 26 to 14 not to hold an inquiry into drainage discharge.
April  Tender to build a new timber groyne on Brighton beach and to reconstruct the storm water outfall is issued. The Town Council also approves the construction of a new and lengthened outfall sewer for the west end of the town. A company, with Joseph Bazalgette as the engineer, is formed to carry drainage out of Brighton to discharge into the sea at Rottingdean.
April  Brighton and South Coast Benefit Building Societies forms its seventh society.
May 5  The Town Council again votes 20 to 16 against a drainage inquiry. Mr Kirk's £5,334 tender to construct a western outfall is accepted.
May 19  The Town Council, told by Mr Kirk that he under-estimated his tender for the western outfall by £2,000, accept instead the £6,490 tender of Mr Phillips.
May 29  Hawking of vegetables in Brighton is declared illegal by the  Court of Queen's Bench.
June 1  The Mayor's casting vote is needed for the council to agree to divert sewage from the front of the town.
August 2  Brill's Brighton Baths open in new premises.
October 6  The Town Council votes 22 to 20 to reverse the former decision and will not assent to the immediate introduction of an intercepting sewage system.
October 23  Charles Hallé and violinist Wilma Norman-Neruda (the future Lady Hallé in 1888) appear at the Pavilion.
October 30  Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson appears at the Dome in one of Herr Kuhe's concerts.
November 1  A ballot in the six electoral wards of Brighton votes five to one in favour og the intercepting sewerage system.
November 24  The Hospital governors hold a special court and agree to spend up to £12,000 out of hospital funds towards the building of a museum and library.
November 29  Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson gives a second concert and the Dome. There are complaints of over-crowding. [At her farewell concert from the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm in 1885, attended by 50,000, scaffolding around a nearby building collapsed, killing 19 people.]
December 6  A Sussex branch of the RSPCA is formed at a meeting in the Pavilion,
December 31  First meeting of the shareholders of the Brighton Aquarium Company is held in Westminster. Mr Lloyd, manager of the Hamburg Aquarium will be employed.
• During the year 527  received instruction under the direction of Mr White, the master of the Brighton and Sussex School of Art, of which 430 were taught in National other public schools, 25 at day classes and 57 in evening classes at the School of Art, plus 15 female students. Students included 15 teachers, six carpenters, five clerks, three jewellers, three painters, two greengrocers, two photographers, two cabinet makers, two engineers, two wood carvers, two millstone dressers, a stonemason, whitesmith, footman, saw-sharpener and engraver.

 

Page created 9 May 2017