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Round Hill Park Estate


1853 plan of The Round Hill Park Estate
prior to purchase of lots

The original plan of Round Hill

The plan of The Round Hill Park Estate was issued in 1853 to first residents invited to purchase lots in our neighbourhood. Note the extent to which the original plan of Round Hill was recognised and remains intact.

In No. 1442. vol X XVI. of BANKERS' CIRCULAR....., the name of The 7th and final Viscount Ranelagh appears as chair of a meeting at Freemasons' Hall on 28th June 1854 together with publicity for a meeting of THE CONSERVATIVE LAND SOCIETY on 6th July 1854 at 33 Norfolk Street, Strand, London. 

The purpose of the Conservative Land Society meeting is the allotment of the Round Hill Park Estate (second portion).

There are SEVENTY FOUR plots to be allotted, of which one is a £400 lot, one £100 ditto, one £75, fifty eight £50 lots, and thirteen £37 10s ditto. The present picturesque portion is situated on the Ditchling-road, and is admirably adapted for villa residence, commanding splendid views of tho sea, the town, the race-course, the downs, and surrounding country. The Round Hill Park Estate is within the precincts of the town of Brighton, just beyond the level, on the way to Lewes, and has a considerable frontage on the high road.

Plans of the Estate price 6d or 10d, if sent by post, mid prospectuses may be had of Charles Lewis Gruneisen (Secretary).

Rose Hill Park and Round Hill Park - both parts of the RH Estate.

Rose Hill Park (article by Chris Tullett), relating mainly to what is now Sylvan Hall, was bordered by Ditchling Road, Upper Lewes Road, Wakefield Road and most of the south side of Princes Crescent, covering a triangular area.

The area north of what is now Bromley Road and round into Princes Crescent was developed as Round Hill Park

The Area (12.05 Hectares / 29.78 Acres)

Round Hill Conservation Area Map. This shows the conservation area roughly triangular and bounded to the west by Ditchling Road, to the SE by Upper Lewes Road and to the north by the Brighton to Lewes railway line.

Conservation Area (designated in 1977)

Round Hill Conservation Area Character Statement

This sets out clearly what is special about the conservation area

Article 4 Direction - A4/22 - Round Hill Conservation Area

An Article 4 Direction has the effect of removing "Permitted Development" rights over certain specified classes of minor alterations and extensions, such as porches, replacement of windows and doors and painting of the exterior of a building. Usually these Directions only relate to those facades of the building facing onto a street or public footpath or open space, but sometimes they cover alterations and extensions at the rear or developments such as sheds in back gardens.

What requires planning permission? Note: the above link updates this.

Colourfully painted houses in Belton Road


Details of the Round Hill Area from the Urban Characterisation Study
the latter is a comprehensive study of the characteristics of Round Hill. The purpose of this document is to inform future planning policies, and assist with planning decision making.
 
Note that the above Characterisation Study takes in more of Round Hill than the streets which fall within the boundaries of The Round Hill conservation area (designated in 1977).
 
In Victorian travelogues, a reference to Round Hill would include streets (north of The Level and Rose Hill)  on both sides of Ditchling Road. Round Hill was the hill which could be seen across the valley when looking eastwards from Dyke Road. The Round Hill streets actually visible from Dyke Road are west of those which now fall within the boundaries of The Round Hill conservation area.
 
Today, a reference to Round Hill includes the Sylvan Hall streets, but normally indicates the streets bounded by Upper Lewes Road, part of Round Hill Crescent, D'Aubigny Road, part of Richmond Road, Mayo Road, Princes Road and part of Ditchling Road.

The Round Hill Society
The Constitution of the Round Hill Society

Committee Members (elected Oct 2019)
and Information about the society


Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings

Round Hill Reporter - past issues of our newsletter

development of Round Hill website

Reports from recent AGMs

Journals on Round Hill
10 years of The Round Hill Reporter
Bound volume of the first ten yearsYou can now purchase the omnibus edition of the Round Hill Reporter - a bound volume of the first 40 issues, published to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Round Hill Society for £6.45 plus postage.

Purchase omnibus edition from lulu.com

Books on Round Hill and surroundings
Rose Hill To Roundhill Rose Hill To Roundhill
a Brighton community


London Road London Road
Brighton's First Suburb

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation Areas & Groups across the city

Conservation Areas

Conservation Advisory Group

The Council's Heritage Team

The Council's Conservation Area residents' guide

Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission

The Brighton Society 

Regency Society

Hove Civic Society

Sussex Industrial Archeology Society

This page was last updated by Ted on 11-Nov-2020
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