Royal Pavilion at Brighton

East Sussex Record Office
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Early modern period
Tourism and Culture


View of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Engraving by Francis.


Brighton is a town and one of the most famous seaside resorts in England. It was brought into fashion, notably by Albert Abdullah David Sassoon, the "Indian Rothschild" in the 1870s. Among its famous buildings, the extravagant Royal Pavilion raised as a residence for the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

The Pavilion has been the subject of several projects, including Repton's one. It was eventually erected to John Nash's plans in the early 1800s. It is remarkable for its Indian architecture and interior full of chinoiserie. The building and grounds were purchased by the town in 1849.


For further details :


- see notice about "Project by Humphrey Repton for thee Pavilion in Brighton, 1808" (ESRO, ACC4600/1/104).

- see notice about "Frances Sayer's illustrated diary" (ESRO, SAY 3394)

- see notice about "Dieppe - les jardins du Casino et le vieux château" (ADSM, 2 Fi Dieppe 325)



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