Brightoniana Book Review: Hilly Laine to Hanover

Hilly Laine to Hanover: A Brighton Neighbourhood. By Jacqueline Pollard and Lavender Jones.

This is a book that every house on muesli mountain should have on their bookshelves because it is an approachable and engaging visual and written guide to how much the Hanover district has changed little less than 200 years. Not so very long ago it was a chalk downland.

Hilly Laine

What is now a sought after area, was once cheap terraced housing with multiple families living in each poorly built bungaroush house. The book is bursting with fantastic pictures and evidence that the well-known ‘community vibe’ with little shops and plenty of pubs is nothing new. (Indeed, there were certainly more pubs.) The text is brought alive with plenty of images.

By the 1930s, many of the closely packed streets had fallen into dreadful squalor and the slums were cleared and replaced with high rises such as Dinapore House.

It’s no longer in print, but you can pick up second hand copies on Amazon.

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