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I love this area of Brighton & Hove!

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Kemptown is one of the districts in the city of Brighton & Hove.

In the 1960s, I lived there for a while and occasionally I revisit this area. It is that part of Brighton lying to the east of the Palace Pier and the Royal Pavilion and to the west of Black Rock and Brighton Marina. It is a very cosmopolitan area – historically it was known as an actors’ and artists’ quarter, but it also has a sizeable gay community.
There are a number of specialised shops, hotels, cafés and pubs in Kemptown. The area is well-served by public transport and Volk’s Railway runs between the Pier and Black Rock.
Kemptown has had many notable residents including Sir Lawrence Olivier, Vita Sackville West, Lewis Carroll (Revd Charles Dodgson) , Anna Neagle, Max Miller and Flora Robson.
Kemptown seafront is a particularly pleasant place to walk – there are three routes! Madeira Drive is the road on the seaward side; Madeira Terrace is a Victorian-built walkway built halfway up the cliff and Marine Parade is the main A259 road. St James’ Street is the main shopping thoroughfare with many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.
I love this area of Brighton & Hove!
Last visit was in September 2016. 
Kemptown seafront © Robert Bovington
Volk’s Railway © Robert Bovington
The Arches Kemptown Brighton © Robert Bovington

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”
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Brighton & Hove in photographs

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Brighton Wheel
Brighton Royal Pavilion
Hove seafront

for more photos of Brighton and Hove – click on link below…

 

Brighton & Hove – Robert Bovington – Picasa Web Albums:

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Brighton & Hove ‘birdcage’ Bandstand

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The magnificent structure known as the ‘birdcage’ Bandstand is a Grade II listed building of architectural and historical importance. It stands prominent on Brighton’s seafront and commands excellent views of the coast. It was designed by Phillip Lockwood and completed in 1884.
Brighton ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand – photo © Robert Bovington

 

Below is a painting by my brother William of Brighton & Hove seafront that includes the ‘Birdcage’ Bandstand.

 

Eve before the Storm’ by Lorus Maver (William Bovington)

 

more paintings by William Bovington: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorus_maver


other blogs by Robert Bovington: 

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

The City of Brighton & Hove – some photos

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The City of Brighton & Hove has a number of famous sights like the Royal Pavilion.



The seafront with its piers, Volk’s Railway and the Brighton Wheel:



The Lanes


Another area that is popular with both locals and tourists is North Laine, a bohemian shopping area well served with cafés, bars and entertainment venues.


On my last visit I noticed that some of the buildings in the area had been brightened up with colourful street art…

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

England Sept 2012 – Another Day in East Sussex

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The South Downs National Park is England’s newest National Park. It covers an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) and is 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length. It may be new – it was officially opened in 2011 – but it has been an an area of natural outstanding beauty for centuries. It stretches from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex and it skirts the edge of the city of Brighton & Hove where I grew up.

I have many happy memories of visiting some of the nearby parts of the South Downs – like the Devil’s Dyke.

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Devil’s Dyke nr Brighton photo: Wikipedia

One of my favourite bits of this vast area of outstanding beauty is the Seven Sisters, a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel.


The Seven Sisters

This beautiful area is part of the Seven Sister’s Country Park, a popular place for outdoor activities that include walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Over the years, I have spent many enjoyable hours walking in this part of East Sussex and, when I was younger, I walked most of the South Downs Way with some of my brothers – albeit in separate stretches.
On my recent visit to the UK, I did a short walk in this area with my brother Mike. We started at Friston and walked in the Crowlink area of the park which is owned by the National Trust.

view towards Birling Gap

chewing the cud in the South Downs National Park

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towards the village of East Dean

East Dean



After a pleasant stroll across the Downland we reached the picturesque village of East Dean and made our way to the Tiger Inn. The day has started a tad cloudy but now the sun had come out and we sat in the warm sunshine drinking excellent local beer.

East Dean Village Green – view from the Tiger Inn
Later we took a different route through Crowlink…
Crowlink
...and arrived back at Friston.
Friston church
to see more of my photos of East Sussex click on link below…



Robert Bovington
October 2012

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

England Sept 2012 – Brighton

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Some of the photos that I took in Brighton on my September 2012 visit:

The Rockery near Preston Park is quite spectacular. Here are some of the photographs that I took.

Opposite is Preston Park…

and nearby is Preston Manor. I visited the Gardens…

I saw a squirrel…

on the wall near St Peter’s Church Preston Village, Brighton…

It started to rain so I got on a bus to the Old Steine. It had only been a short shower so I took a photo of the Royal Pavilion…


Then went for a walk along the seafront – the sea was a bit choppy…

Brighton Pier
view towards Brighton Marina

I encountered a new statue…

Steve Ovett was a former Olympian. The former middle distance runner was gold medalist in the 800 metres at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He set world records for 1500 metres and the mile. He still holds the UK record for 2 miles (3,219 m), which he set in 1978. Like me, he was born and bred in Brighton & Hove.

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Brighton and Hove in old photos and postcards

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Part of my ‘Brighton & Hove in old photos’ pinboard on Pinterest…

Click on the following link to see more old photos of Brighton & Hove

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/brighton-hove-in-old-photos/

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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