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The Regency Society is the oldest amenity and conservation society in Brighton and Hove and a registered charity.

We were founded in 1945 to oppose the proposed demolition of the Regency terraces and squares of the Brighton and Hove seafront. Today, we work with other societies and the council to protect all that is best in our city – of any era – and promote excellence in new development.

If it affects the physical environment, we're involved – from consultation on key planning matters to a range of educational initiatives designed to inform and inspire everyone who cares about the quality of life in this exceptional city.

Lack of vision for Valley Gardens?
New The council is making a bid for £8 million to improve Valley Gardens. While we welcome plans to better the area and make it more accessible, we think that the proposals are an opportunity missed. Read more...

A castle, a dolls' house, an artist – an eclectic trip
New The Society’s visit to Windsor Castle and Cookham was based on the theme of war, represented by the castle’s famous Waterloo Chamber and the effect World War I had on artist Stanley Spencer. And there was still time to see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Read more…
 
Magical tour of three Italian cities
New Two groups of adventurous and inquisitive travellers visited Urbino, Ravenna and Ferrara with the society in June. The magic of Italy did not disappoint. Read more…

The best hope for the Hippodrome
The Regency Society has given its support to plans to convert the Brighton Hippodrome into a cinema and restauarant complex – but the decision has not been clear or easy. Read more...

Conservation a priority in improvements to Pavilion Estate
Heritage will be centre stage in the planned raft of improvements to the Royal Pavilion Estate, we were promised at an evening held exclusively for Society members as part of extensive consultations. Read more...

i360 funds now in place – but that's not the end of the story
This month, Brighton & Hove City Council voted to borrow £36 million from a government fund to ensure that the i360 can be built – but that is far from the end of the story, argues Roger Hinton. Read more...
 
Why Queen Victoria sold the Pavilion
The arrival of the railway in Brighton in 1841 not only dramatically changed the seaside resort but also contributed to Queen Victoria’s negative feelings about the place, leading to her eventual sale of the Pavilion estate to the town in 1850.  Alexandra Loske traces how Victoria’s attitude to Brighton was shaped. Read more...

Sussex University expansion plans
Massive expansion plans at Falmer involve demolishing more than 16,500 square metres of buildings to make way for almost 60,000 square metres of new academic buildings, including a new science building. Around 1,500 existing student bedrooms could also be torn down and replaced with more than 4,000 bedrooms. Read more...

Farewell to the Astoria
Once it was the largest cinema-cum-theatre in the south east. Today, the Astoria on Gloucester Place, Brighton, awaits demolition and the site will be reinvented as offices, flats, a café-restaurant and community space in a £8 million scheme. Read more...

Bunkers and brutalism
Brutalist architecture was mocked and misunderstood. But it produced some of the most sublime, awe-inspiring buildings on the planet. Jonathan Meades, our speaker at the 2014 Antony Dale lecture on Concrete poetry, gives his A-Z. Read more...

The true story of George's giraffe
New At the Society’s annual dinner in February, trustee and art historian Alexandra Loske gave a talk about England’s first living giraffe. For those of you who missed it, here’s a brief reprise. Read more...

Draft conservation strategy for the city
With thousands of listed buildings and 34 conservation areas, Brighton and Hove has more to preserve than most cities, as its new draft conservation strategy acknowledges. It's a good start – but we think it could be better. Read more...

Modest replacement for Queen Square ice rink
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It’s an eyesore in a square that is little more than a taxi rank, so the Regency Society has welcomed a new planning application to demolish the old ice rink in Queen Square and neighbouring 11 Queen Square, replacing them with a modest building containing 31 flats and office space. Read more...

Preserve this cultural asset for future generations
The problem of finding an appropriate use for landmark historic buildings vexes this city more than most – and proposals aired in October to insert eight cinema screens and significant restaurant space into the Brighton Hippodrome are no exception. Our primary concern is that this important cultural and architectural asset is saved and that a decaying area at the heart of the old town is given a new lease of life. Read more...

Market pressure in Circus Street
Over-development, noise, overlooking and a lack of light are among the reasons that we have objected to proposals for the site of the old market in Circus Street. Read more...

How dense is too dense?
Build up, build out – Brighton's need for new housing must have rational answers, writes David Robson. Read more...

Tracing Constable's Brighton home
John Constable’s Brighton paintings are known and admired around the world. What remained a mystery was where he stayed while creating them – until writer and Regency Society member Shan Lancaster worked with current resident, artist Peter Harrap, to disentangle the clues. Read more...

The White Lodge on the Cliff
With an illustrious past as the home of Victoria Sackville-West and elements design by Lutyens, we believe this building and survivng parts of its gardens deserve to be included in the local list. Read more...

Keep in touch with local history
The Keep is a shining white building that is a stronghold of knowledge and memories in our city, a beacon that illuminates the past but which also shines towards the future. Read more...

Look out for heritage in danger
The kiosk on the seafront to the south of the King’s Road junction with West Street is part of Brighton and Hove's history as a tourist resort. It also needs some TLC. Read more...

Sustainability, conservation and City College plans
The need to preserve significant buildings comes together with a concern for sustainability in the Society’s response to the major, hybrid planning application covering the buildings of City College and its car park. Read more...

Are we ripe for World Heritage status?
In the Times, Marcus Binney recently urged that the urban legacy of Brighton and Hove was so rich that it should be designated, like Bath, as a world heritage site. But, Sue Berry asks, was Binney overstating his case? Read more...

How we make decisions
We're an opinionated lot, as anyone who follows our views on planning, listing and the development of our city knows. But how do we decide what opinions to share and where do our ideas come from? Read more...

Disappointing brief for Edward Street Quarter
Why demolish Amex House when it can meet the office needs of the new Edward Street Quarter? Why include retail units when nearby St James' Street and the George Street area need the trade? Why not take a maore radical approach to greening Edward Street? These are among our comments on the planning brief for the area. Read more...

£15 million scheme for Lanes
The first new lane for more than 30 years is at the heart of a £15 million scheme that would reshape the heart of the Old Town and involve demolishing the Timpsoon's shoe repair shop on North Street and the 1960s portal building to Brighton Square, as well as remodelling the square's existing facades. Read more...

Making (local) lists
The Regency Society has submitted details of 25 buildings which we believe should be added to the local list. Many of them were built after 1900 – more than 97 per cent of buildings listed by English Heritage predate this. Read more...

Buildings at risk 2013
Additions to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Buildings at risk register include St Paul’s Church in West Street, St Augustine’s in Stanford Avenue, the former post office in Ship Street and the former fly stables in Stone Street. Read more...

Secrets of a former burial ground
Today, the Queen's Road burial ground is a public garden, leading to the rear of the Brighthelm Centre. Few of us realise that it is the site of one of the oldest cemeteries in Brighton and Hove. Read more...

A Castle that fell to a king
Sue Berry traces the history of vanished Brighton landmark the Ship Inn. Read more...
 
Boxed in by broadband proposals
The Society has objected to a government proposal to allow telecommunications provider to install cabinets and poles without permission anywhere except in sites of special scientific interest. Read more...

Ideas to improve our seafront
Greater investment in maintenance, better transport links, more toilets and showers and an extension of café culture beyond the stretch between the piers – these are just a few overarching suggestions from the Society to Brighton & Hove  City Council in response to their draft seafront strategy. Read more...
 

Free National Trust and English Heritage day passes
Thanks to our friends at Civic Voice, every Regency Society member can get a free day pass for the National Trust and another for English Heritage properties. Read more...

 


 

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Annual dinner revived

New Our annual dinner returned on 1 February at St Nicholas
Church – a wonderful venue for a great evening. Read more...




 





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