Architectural Details

Brighthelm CentreBrighthelm’s Community Centre was built in 1986-7 and was designed by Wells-Thorpe & Suppel.

It’s described in Pevsner  as “robust and heavily built with a layered façade of projecting sections of ribbed concrete set against areas of yellow brick, and with ponderous fenestration suited to the generally postwar tone of North Road”.

The building was opened on October 10th 1987.

Hanover Chapel: architectural details

The Hanover Chapel was originally built as a nonconformist chapel in 1825.It was extensively rebuilt when the Community Centre was added in the late 1980’s.

building_editedThe lovely exterior of the building is Grade II listed. It’s made of stucco with a parapet hiding the roof.  The façade is symmetrical, with doors to the outer bays and semi-circular headed windows to the interior at ground floor level.

If you’d like to find out more about the building, you can contact the Brighton History Centre at Brighton Museum, East Sussex Records OfficeThe James Gray Collection and The Edward Reeves collection in Lewes.Step Back In Time, on Queen’s Road, has some old photographs of the North Laine.


 Loaves & Fishes Sculpture

John-Skelton-Loaves-Fishes3The sculpture in the North Wall is called Loaves & Fishes. The pierced relief stone panel was made for Brighthelm by John Skelton. It was unveiled on 10th October 1987.The work refers to the feeding of the 5000. (Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15).

The sculpture is featured on Visit Brighton’s Sculpture Trail