In the late 1970s it was rumoured that seafront buildings in the area of Black Lion Street, Market Street and Little East Street were soon to be demolished to make way for a new hotel with an annexe for municipal purposes. Accordingly, I had these photographs taken on 25 June 1978, but I need not have worried, for it was six years later, in late 1984, that removal commenced. The three buildings on the island site are to go, but the famous hotel, the Star and Garter, is safe. The car park will be lost, at least for the time being. This first became a car park as long ago as 1934, when the Marine Hotel was demolished, being extended as houses in Little East Street were removed later in the 1930s. The intention was to rebuild and extend the Town Hall, but nothing came of this, so this valuable central site remained a car park for fifty years.

Image Reference: JG_03_166.tif
Date: 1978
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 152x96
Place: Brighton
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