Clifton Road deeds

By Steve Myall

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This is the title page to the deeds for the development of the first homes in Clifton Road, numbers 1 to 12 on the south-eastern corner, as it leaves the junction with Clifton Hill.

It is dated 29th March 1845, and the local tradesmen who joined together to buy the land and build this first terrace of houses are named. They are John Yearsley (ironmonger), John Juniper and Edward Wood (also ironmongers)  Richard Chapman (a stone mason and town commissioner), John Smith (builder) and William Watts (laundryman). It is signed by Geo. Dempster, Solicitor, Brighton.

On this title page the land is referred to as being on ‘the Terminus Road, Brighton’, and in the text of the agreement it is further described as ‘situate on the south eastern side of and adjoining the New Road leading from Hampton Place in Brighton aforesaid to the London, and Brighton Railway Terminus in Brighton aforesaid’.  This ‘new road’ that joined the new railway station to the centre of Western Road consisted of Hampton Place, Montpelier Street, Powis Road, Clifton Road, Compton Avenue and part of Buckingham Place as it joins Terminus Road that runs down beside the station.   (roads mostly un-named at this time). The detail in the deed that identifies the agreement as relating to these homes in Clifton Road is the following stipulation;  in the front of these houses there was to be a ‘dwarf wall and iron fence of the height of 5 feet 6 inches’ and that the developers ‘shall not nor will erect any messuage or building on the said piece of ground which in any part thereof shall be nearer to the said boundary wall than the distance of 14 feet 6 inches’.  This perfectly describes the first 12 houses on the east side of Clifton Road.

This page was added on 09/05/2011.

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