During the closing years of the last century several large houses were built along Preston Road, between Clermont Road and Withdean Farm. They stood in extensive grounds, with wide frontages and long back gardens reaching back almost to the railway line. Some have been demolished, but several still remain. Here are photographs of two such houses, since removed. Beechwood, built in 1877 for R. Martin. It was later, for many years, the home of Mr. W.H.Vokins, founder of the North Street store. Photographed in the winter of 1956/7, it was demolished soon afterwards and replaced by the block of flats bearing the same name.

Image Reference: JG_34_001.tif
Date: 1956-1957
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 158x104
Place: Brighton
Additional Information: No comment

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