Talks and Walks

Walks:  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 are below.

The tours start outside Brighton Museum and after a 100 minute tour of the historic North Laine  return to Church Street.

North Laine was Brighton’s industrial suburb for more than a hundred years with water, animals and wood being processed into beer, ginger beer and mineral water, meat and furniture. Much of the Victorian townscape, when North Laine was a manufacturing and commercial centre as well as a residential district, is still there to be seen and in recognition of this North Laine became a Conservation Area in 1977.

This walk will trace the historical development of North Laine and then introduce you to the area’s historical buildings and sites. It will follow the route in the leaflet ‘Discover the North Laine on foot’ which can be picked up in ‘Raining Books’ in Trafalgar St.

The cost of each walk is £5

 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 (see top right). 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:

A) The Historical Development of North Laine

B) The buildings and people of North Laine . 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’.

Enquiry Form

‘The North Laine Book’ can be bought from ‘Raining Books’, Trafalgar St

Self Guided Walks

There are a number of self guided walks that are available for you.

1. From Brighton Museum to North Road

2. From Kensington Gardens to Brighton Station

‘Discover the North Laine’ leaflets available from ‘Raining Books’ Trafalgar St and the Information Point at the Toy Museum, Trafalgar St

Summer 2020 Programme of Walks


All Walks leave from  the entrance to Brighton Museum and last about 1 hour 40

Preston Park U3A,

Sunday 22nd and 29th March, 11am from Brighton museum

Summer Programme

Available to all

Sunday 31 May, 12 July, 26 July, 23 August, 30 August

11am from Brighton Museum

Brighton Open Door

In September I will be offering tours of North Laine

as part of Brighton Open Door.

 This walks will be advertised by Brighton Open Door from August

All my walks  begin from Brighton Museum Entrance


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