North Laine History
Talks and Walks
Walks: each summer I put on a programme of walks around North Laine. If you want to discover why North Laine is a Conservation Area or to find out about North Laine's historic buildings and the people who have lived here, then why not join me one one of my walks. Details of this year’s walks can be found here.
The tours start outside Brighton Museum and after a 100 minute tour of the historic North Laine return to Church Street. In between you will learn about the buildings of historic importance, and about characters like Tom Sayers, Heavyweight Champion boxer of Britain and North Laine resident and Anita Roddick who started her business empire in Kensington Gardens. You will learn how North Laine was Brighton's industrial for over 100 years and where water, wood and animals were transformed into beer, furniture and meat.
There is no need to register for the walks. You can just turn up. The cost of the walk is £5 which which goes towards North Laine Community Association funds and maintaining this website.
‘Discover the North Laine leaflets’: there are also leaflets available which take you on a self guided tour of North Laine. These leaflets are available in The Visitor Centre in the Toy Museum in Trafalgar Street and Raining Books, Trafalgar Street.
Talks: As well as the guided walks I am available to give talks on any aspect of North Laine history. It is also possible to combine a talk with a walk. Contact me using the form to the right for further details.
About myself: My name is Peter Crowhurst and I have lived in North Laine for over thirty years. During that time, I was chair of the North Laine Community Association for nine years. I have given talks on the history of the area and each summer put on a programme of guided walks around the area. I helped to produce the very successful ‘North Laine Book’ and also the leaflet, ‘Discover the North Laine’.
The walks programme for 2018
‘The North Laine Book’ can be bought from ‘Raining Books’, Trafalgar St and ‘Brighton Books’, Kensington Gardens.
Self Guided Walks
There are a number of self guided walks that are available for you.
These leaflets are available from ‘Raining Books’ in Trafalgar St and the Information Point at the Toy Museum in Trafalgar St.
Meet outside Brighton Museum
The tour lasts about 1 hour 45mins
Weds at 6pm:30 May, 4 July, 1 August, 15 August
Sundays at 11am:17 June, 15 July, 12 August, 2 Sept
Cost £5 led by Peter Crowhurst
Guided Walks around the historical North Laine