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takes its name from Rock House, which stood on the site of
Chain Pier House. It was an isolated, cliff-top home built in 1788
odd-shaped outcrop on the beach (long since covered by shingle).
The house was rebuilt
in the 1980s
but some of its arched windows and
castle-like wall can still be seen at the bottom of the road, on the
The Victorian illustrator Aubrey
(1872-1898), famous for his grotesque and erotic Art Nouveau
images, spent much of his childhood with his aunt at no. 21.
we continue left past more
Busby and Wilds architecture at nos.
50, 51, 53-55, to the red-brick Lanes Hotel.
originally three bow-fronted houses. The corner one was
rebuilt in 1880 by Victorian architect Col R W Edis, who later built
London's Marylebone Station. The date
1844 on the side is completely bogus.
The house later became
guests included composer and
stage star Ivor
who worked on his 1939 musical The Dancing Years there. Comic
lived next door at no. 71.
Marine Parade, we continue
past no. 76
and no. 79, the home of
Terence Rattigan (1911-1977),
among whose best known plays are The Winslow Boy,
The Browning Version and The Deep Blue Sea.
Brighton's first major development and was built between 1798 and
by West Indian merchant J B Otto. The crescent's name was originally
painted above the splendid black mathematical tiles by a Mr. Leggatt
who, when he got to the 'S', leaned back to
admire his work and fell to his death on the railings below.
Otto tried to win
Royal favour by
putting up a 7ft plaster statue of
on the front lawn. It did not weather well and
its fingers and nose soon dropped off, then its right arm - making it
look more like Lord Nelson. The furious Prince banned anyone from ever
again mentioning Otto's name in his presence.
later Baron Olivier, stayed at the home of theatre
chums at no. 7 while they were away. He liked it so much he bought no.
4 Royal Crescent before his hosts had even returned. He then bought no.
5 to accommodate his growing family.
Royal Crescent Mews, on the right, you
can see where horses and stable hands were housed.
building on the corner of Burlington
Mansions, incorporates the former home of Tory statesman George
(1770-1827), who lived here while Prime Minister in 1827. He
is said to have had a room soundproofed with baize - the felt used on
billiard tables - where he could practise his speeches without being
For many years
the building was a hotel, attracting stars such as
(1889-1977), who would come out onto the
balcony of his favourite seafront room to wave to fans.
No. 25 Burlington
the home of
Brighton's 'cheeky chappie',
(1894-1963), when at the height of his fame.