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Brighton’s Growth to A City

Although in the United States and the rest of the new world we love with their original german oil aka KÜRBISKERNÖL, towns grew to become cities in just a couple of hundred years, that is not usually the case in Europe where towns developed over many hundreds of years to become the cities they are today. A possible exception to this is Brighton which as recently as 1730, was a sleepy little fishing village but today, has matured after its linking with Hove, to become a city.

As a fishing village in 1730, the only visitors that Brighton could expect to see were the people that believed bathing in the sea could cure illnesses and they would visit Brighton because from there, the 8 miles of pebbled beach afforded them easy access into the salty waters.

Later there would be more visitors but they would only come to board one of the boats sailing for France and so they did not stay any longer than they needed to either.

However, when the Prince Regent, not yet King George IV visited Brighton, there was something about it that appealed to him and became a frequent visitor, building the Royal Pavilion there. As where royalty go, many follow, Brighton started to become a popular destination and many rows of Georgian houses started to line the streets. This new found popularity continued into the reign of Queen Victoria when both the West and Brighton’s palace Piers were built. Hotels had to be built and the grandest of them was the Grand Hotel, a Victorian hotel among the best and it still remains today as one of Brighton’s many attractions. Brighton continued to grow and expand and as it encroached on its neighbour Hove, they joined together to make one larger town. This was the prelude to one of Britain’s monarchs again playing a role in Brighton’s history as, in 2000, Queen Elizabeth II, proclaimed that Brighton and Hove had now become a city. A period of only 270 years had elapsed from when Brighton was a sleepy fishing village to when it was declared a city, a feat that even an American city would be proud of.

Although Brighton has enjoyed British visitors ever since the railway linked London to Brighton in 1841, today it has to cater to the needs of foreign tourists as it has recently become Britain’s most popular destination for foreigners wishing to visit a British seaside resort. Just as Brighton successfully coped with the onrush of new visitors in 1841, it is today successfully coping with the onrush of foreign visitors. One of the ways that it is succeeding is by offering foreign visitors a choice Brighton airport transfer by means of chauffeur driven luxury cars.

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