This DVD tells
the story of Brighton’s transformation from a small fishing village
to a fashionable Regency resort. It reveals how the coming of the
railway changed the area again to a playground for London’s masses.
It looks at
conditions in the slums that blighted Brighton until the 1930s. It
recollects the opening of the electric tram network, its decline in
favour of trolley buses, and the very first London to Brighton car
It recounts the
outbreak of violence known as the Battle of Lewes Road during the
General Strike and recalls the effect of two World Wars on the
residents of Brighton and Hove.
Finally it shows
some of the area's unusual efforts to reclaim its spot as the
country’s premier holiday resort in the 1950s.
The period is
brought to life with contemporary reports from the archives of the
Argus, a wonderful selection of old photographs, and a fascinating
collection of unique cine-film.