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london house

January 2015

Built to house Brighton’s booming middle-classes in the early 1800s, it soon became a busy high street and by the 1930s department stores and supermarkets marked it as a major shopping destination.

After a slump in the 1980s the high street names vanished but the Georgian terraces are still there, and today residents buzz round a mishmash of independent shops, cafes and galleries.

While the locals take pride in London Road’s rebirth as a home to smaller retailers, they are also fiercely proud of the area’s grand heritage.

So the Abacus development which sought to regenerate a site including the old Co-Op - a once majestic building dating back to London Road’s golden age in the 1930s - met a strong reaction from traders and residents as well as planners.

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