- Kemp Town
Kemp Town is a 19th Century residential estate in the east of
Brightonin East Sussex, England, UK. Kemp Town was conceived and financed by Thomas Read Kemp. It has given its name to the larger Kemptownregion of Brighton.
The estate was designed by
Charles Busbyand Amon Henry Wildsand constructed by Thomas Cubitt. Building work started in 1823 on ArundelTerrace, ChichesterTerrace, LewesCrescent and Sussex Square. Chichester Terrace incorporated the earlier Chichester House. In 1837 Thomas Kemp fled the country to escape his creditors. The project continued under Cubitt with the support of the Fifth Earl of Bristol. It was completed in 1855, with Sussex Square larger than London's Grosvenor Squareand at the time the biggest housing crescent in Britain. The original estate is a good example of Regency architecture.
At around the same time, Brighton's neighbour (and now a part of the same administrative city),
Hove, was expanded to its east, meeting the western edge of Brighton, with the development of the very similar Brunswick Estate, which featured similar though smaller Regency-style properties, and its own market, police station, riding school and (as in Kemp Town) small mewsstreets for staff housing. These mews now provide very attractive private accommodation which can fetch similar prices to flats in the grand houses they once served.
* [http://www.kemptown.org/history/ Detailed history of Kemptown]
* [http://www.kts.org.uk/ Kemp Town Society]
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