Brighton Town Centre for many people means shopping nirvana!

However, a short trek off the beaten path reveals some undiscovered gems for the well-informed explorer about town.


1.  St James Court, George Street.

Situated on the west side of George Street in Brighton, near the corner of St James Street, This court leads to two cottages dating from the early nineteenth century.

ABOVE: St James Court, 2010. (Photo by Carol Homewood)






2. Regents Hill.

On the left hand side as you walk up Regent's Hill, there is a gated alleyway which is easily missed by most people! It is very dark and gloomy and you will possibly need a torch and a camera with a flash to see it properly. Along the Alleyway is an amazing old cobbled fronted building. We haven't yet quite worked out what it was yet, but clearly it's very old! It faces a cobbled wall, not seen in this photo.


ABOVE: The Alleyway off of Regent Hill in 2010. (Photo by Carol Homewood).


3.Bond Street Cottages

This little alleyway is situated on the west side of Bond Street.

ABOVE: Bond Street Cottages 2011  (photo by Carol Homewood)



 4.Oxford street

This alleyway on Oxford Street once led to the slum area of Brunswick Court and Oxford Court. Both cleared to make way for the lovely car park we see behind Oxford Street today!

ABOVE: Alleyway off of Oxford Street, 2011 (photo by Carol Homewood) 



5. Zion Gardens

Zion Gardens runs north from the end of Air Street and leads into Church Road. 

 ABOVE: Zion Gardens 2011. ( Photos by Carol Homewood)



6. Frederick Gardens

Situated on the right side of North Road as you approach the top is Frederick Gardens. A pretty row of cottages dating from the 1820's.


ABOVE: Frederick Gardens  2011 (Photo by Carol Homewood)


7. Trafalgar Terrace

A twitten of cottages running between Gloucester Road and Trafalgar Street. The cottages date from the late 1830's with their gardens on the opposite side of the twitten.


Above:  Trafalgar Terrace. 2011 (photos by Carol Homewood)



8. Gloucester Passage.


Above: Gloucester Passage taken from Gloucester Street  and from  Gloucester Road 2011. (Photos by Carol Homewood)



9. Un-named alleyway  running between Gloucester Street and Trafalgar Street.

Above: Un-named alleyway running between Gloucester Street and Trafalgar Street 2011. (Photo by Carol Homewood) 



10.Blenheim Place

On the north side is a row of cottages dating from the 1840's. On the south side is the old flint wall of the former malt house of the North Street Brewery.



ABOVE: Blenheim Place looking to the West and to the East. 2011 (Photos by Carol Homewood) 


11. St James Place

As you walk up St James Street on the left is a gated alleyway leading to a row of six cottages dating from the early 1800's.



Above:  St James Place. 2011. (Photographs by Carol Homewood)


12. Orange Row 

Situated in North Road just above Gardner Street running towards Church Street.

In the mid 1800's Orange Row as known as a notorious slum area. The houses were demolished during the 1870's. The inhabitants were mainly fishermen. Orange Row was redeveloped in 2006 and the garages developed in to two storey units let to local businesses.


Above: Orange Row 2012. (Photographs by Carol Homewood). 


13.Lewis Buildings

Situated along the west side of Ship Street by the side of no: 36. Lewis Buildings runs parallel with Dukes Street and comes out into an old courtyard in Dukes Street. 

Above:  Lewis Buildings leading in to this courtyard off of Dukes Street. (Photographs by Carol Homewood)


14. Clarence Gardens

Tucked away in Clarence Square just as you come back out into Western Road is this little gem! Clarence Gardens , a tiny little alleyway of cottages. At the end of the alleyway is The Little Theatre Company , originally the Clarence Baptist chapel dating from 1830. 

Above: Clarence Gardens. (photographs by Carol Homewood) 


15.Brotherhood Gate, 21c St James Street.

This alleyway leads to the Brotherhood Gate Spiritualist Church. In 1888 this alleyway is listed as leading to Darby's Confectioners.In 1931 it is listed as Langfords the caterers.


Above: Brotherhood Gate, 21c St James Street. 2012.  (photograph by Carol Homewood)