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Brighton & Hove through the ages

Explore the history of Brighton & Hove with this brilliant interactive timeline. Click to discover the changing face of Brighton, from 447AD to present day

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The Brighton wheel taken down – replaced by i360
Brighton i360

After five years on the seafront, the Brighton Wheel is dismantled, to be replaced by the i360. In July 2014, the official ‘groundbreaking’ took place and construction of the i360 officially started. The finished erection was completed in Summer 2016, with grand opening in September 2016.  

Brighton & Hove population 273,369

As of the 2011 census, Brighton & Hove is officially England’s most populous seaside resort, with a population of 273,400.

The Brighton Wheel is built
The Brighton Wheel is built

The Brighton Wheel, also known during its planning and construction phase as ‘The Brighton O’ and ‘The Wheel of Excellence, was a transportable Ferris wheel installation, which operated from October 2011 until May 2016 on the seafront in Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. Situated below

Opening of Brighton & Hove Albion FC Amex stadium
Amex Community Stadium Brighton

Home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, The Amex stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against then-Brighton manager Gus Poyet’s old club Tottenham Hotspur, the home-side narrowly losing 3–2. The first competitive match was held on 6 August 2011, when Brighton beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1,

West Pier burns down
West Pier burns down

In December 2002, the pier partially collapsed during a storm, when a walkway connecting the concert hall and pavilion fell into the sea. The following month, the concert hall in the middle of the pier fell over, leaving the entire structure close to total collapse. On 28 March 2003 the

Brighton and Hove is made a city

The switch from town to city is seen as such an accolade, it was reserved for only 17 towns in the previous century (20th). In 2000, Brighton & Hove, Inverness and Wolverhampton were awarded city status, to mark the Millennium.

Goldstone Ground demolished
The Goldstone Ground Brighton

The ground was sold by the board, who were trying to clear the club’s mounting debts in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy, although no alternative football ground had been lined up, and without consulting the fans. The then chairman, Bill Archer, aimed to profit from the sale of the lucrative

IRA bomb found and detonated in controlled explosion near Brighton Palace Pier

A bomb planted by the IRA near the pier in 1994 was defused by a controlled explosion.

Marina cinema complex completed

A 1600 space multi storey car park and cinema complex was completed in 1988.

12th October 1984 – IRA bomb explodes at Brighton’s Grand Hotel
12th October 1984 – IRA bomb explodes at Brighton’s Grand Hotel

The IRA carried out its most audacious attack on this day in 1984 – bombing the Grand Hotel in Brighton in an attempt to wipe out Margaret Thatcher and her government. The IRA hatched its plan to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – who they blamed for the death of

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