Kemp Town Enclosures

Kemp Town Enclosures is a communal garden, owned collectively by the freeholders of the 105 houses that make up the Kemp Town Estate. Developed in the 1820’s by Thomas Kemp, the Estate consists of Sussex Square, Lewes Crescent, Chichester Terrace and Arundel Terrace.

The gardens were landscaped in 1828 by local horticulturist Henry Phillips at around the time that the Kemp Town Estate was being constructed, with the tunnel to the esplanade being added in about 1830. William IV and Queen Adelaide, and later Victoria and Albert, enjoyed walking in the gardens on their visits to Brighton.  They were set aside for the exclusive pleasure of Edward VII in 1908 when he was staying with his daughter at 1 Lewes Crescent.

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Have your Say – 6 ideas

Six ideas for changes to be made in the gardens have been put to the Board and you are invited to make your views known …

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Jason Saul
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Meet Jason Saul

Jason is our new assistant gardener. A former hairdresser, he only began a career in horticulture 6 years ago, but his CV is very impressive. …

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Feed wildlife...invite rats
The Gardens

Feed wildlife…invite rats!

One of the great joys of the garden is that it is a haven for wildlife… and many residents like to encourage the wildlife with …

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The secret garden in 1875 in use by gardeners with a glass house and cold frame
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The Secret Garden Bicentenary Project Restoration Delayed

The project to rebuild the flint wall surrounding the Secret Garden, in the South West corner of the South Garden, which is a key element …

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National Garden Scheme Open Day
The Gardens

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Despite grey skies and a biting wind, 100 intrepid visitors braved the elements on our second National Garden Scheme Open Day on 25th May 2022, …

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The Kemp Town Bicentennial Book 1823-2023
Local History

The Kemp Town Bicentennial Book 1823-2023

The Kemp Town Bicentennial Book 1823-2023 was published in May and was very warmly received. More than half the print run of 200 was sold …

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Chris photographed on his 80th birthday by Mike Bolam
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Remembering Chris Connor

A large donation has been made to help us complete the restoration of the Secret Garden. The donation commemorates Chris Connor, who lived in Chichester …

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Kemp Town Enclosures Annual General Meeting​
AGM

Annual General Meeting – Sunday 16th January 2022

BADGER TENNIS CLUB, CHURCH PLACE, KEMPTOWN, BRIGHTON, BN2 5JN SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY 2022 AT 10.30AM The Kemp Town Enclosures Annual General Meeting will this year …

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The secret garden in 1875 in use by gardeners with a glass house and cold frame
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The Secret Garden Bicentenary Project Update on rebuilding the Flint Wall

We are sorry that the Secret Garden is out of use this summer. The clearing away of the thicket around the flint wall earlier, revealed …

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