This ongoing project was actually started in the early 1980s (on 5x3 index cards!) and has developed and grown sporadically since then. The aim is to provide a historical gazetteer of every street in the city from Portslade to Rottingdean, Patcham to the sea, in as much detail as is possible and practical for the streets and individual buildings. Districts are also included.
Data for this section are being imported from research files and checked in the process. All letters of the alphabet are now included; references are being integated progressively and further information being added. All suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks to Malcolm Stacey for contributions.
For listings of streets and other places as they appear in each decennial census, click here.
Guide to the street listings
These notes can be opened in a pop-up box from any page of the listings. Click on the Guide button at the top of each page.
† indicates that the street or building no longer exists.
∫ indicates that the street has been renamed.
Years, when given, indicate the earliest (and in the case of defunct addresses, last) reference in street directories consulted (so not definitive and not necessaily even accurate). The earliest census reference is shown as just the year in bold (eg, 1861). The following letters are used to indicate the publishers of directories:
||PO Post Office
See the Bibliography for details.
For an extensive collection of street directories, visit the My House My Street website.
EH the English Heritage (not Historic England) reference number to listed buildings.
ESRO the accession number of a file in the East Sussex Record Office.
Some measurements of length and area are given in imperial units to which the following is a guide:
1 mile (m) = 8 furlongs = 1,760 yards
1 furlong (f) = 10 chains = 220 yards
1 chain (ch) = 4 rods, poles or perches = 100 links = 22 yards*
1 rod, pole or perch (p) = 5.5 yards
1 yard (yd) = 3 feet
1 foot (ft) = 12 inches
1 square mile = = 64 square furlongs = 640 acres
1 acre = 4840 square yards = 4 roods
1 rood = 40 [square] poles = 1 furlong x 1 pole = 1,210 square yards
1 [square] pole = 30.25 square yards
1 square yard = 9 square feet
1 square foot = 144 square inches
*The length of a cricket pitch, wicket to wicket. Railway distances are still measured in miles and chains, as seen on the plaque affixed to any railway bridge.
Additionally, there were local and imprecise Sussex measurements of area:
laines, comprising a variable number of tenantry acres, were separated by roads 16 feet wide; Brighton comprised five laines: East Laine, Hilly Laine, Little Laine, North Laine and West Laine;
tenantry acres were divided into furlongs by roads known as leakways—8ft wide and at right angles to the wide roads but at variable intervals;
furlongs were thus of variable size (not the conventional 220 yards) and each was in turn divided into a number of paul-pieces (pauls) of equal width measured along the leakways, regardless of the depth of the strips;
paul-pieces, when of irregular rather than rectangular shape, were called hatchet-pieces.