Researching the North Laine

Our heritage events are all about a ‘sense of place’. Therefore, the first step in staging an event is to identify those places that are of general interest and then collect the information needed to tell a compelling story of the street's history.

Image showing the header graphic used on the North Laine Community Association website

The Foundry Street Event was located in Brighton’s historic North Laine area, an industrial zone for Georgian/Victorian Brighton. We have agreed with Peter Crowhurst, the Chair of the North Laine Community Association that, for 2009, we will maintain our focus on North Laine streets, as we develop our early MHMS work.
As a North Laine resident, Peter has a genuine interest in contributing to the research efforts and plans to collect information about Kensington Place and encourage other North Laine property owners to open their homes for public tours during the Brighton & Hove Open Door celebration. These tours will complement MHMS exhibitions, allowing event visitors to actually see inside the houses on which we hang posters. Visiting a small four to six-room house that had 17 occupants listed in the mid-Nineteenth century census really does help illuminate the living conditions of that period!