Black Rock (Brighton and Hove)


Black Rock (Brighton and Hove)

Black Rock is an area of wasteland located near Brighton Marina in the city of Brighton and Hove.

History

From at least the early 19th Century, Black Rock was the site of an inn and a few houses overlooking cliffs to the east of the then town of Brighton.

In 1935 an Art Deco Lido was constructed at beach level, but this was demolished in 1979, having been run down ever since its closure during World War II.

The area is served by an extension of the Volk's Electric Railway, which has remained in use thanks to the proximity of the marina, although the line was shortened when the marina and associated coastal defences were built in the early 1970s. The cliff-top houses were also lost to allow for the marina's approach roads. A new Black Rock railway terminus station was constructed in the 1990s, controversially slightly off-centre when compared with the terraces behind it which lead up to Lewes Crescent, Kemp Town.

Future

There are currently plans to build a multi-sports arena called the Brighton International Arena as part of a full redevelopment of the area.

External links

* [http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/category_id__427_path__0p114p.aspx Pictures and information about Black Rock]
* [http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1107961 Black Rock development]
* [http://www.volkselectricrailway.co.uk Volk's Electric Railway]


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