New local history book celebrates bicentenary of Regency Square                       

A new book, ‘Regency Square, its history and its stories’, marks the bicentenary of this important Brighton landmark.

Local authors Suzanne Hinton and Gill Wales have spent over a year delving into the history of Regency Square. Their new book contains a wealth of previously unpublished information. It reveals how Regency Square was financed and built and it sets the record straight about some of the myths surrounding the square. It tells the stories of the people who have lived in the square – the great and good, the mad and the tragic – as well as the people who created it.

Regency Square was the first of Brighton and Hove’s large seafront squares. It began life in 1818 and most of it was completed within a mere eight years. Suzanne Hinton says, ‘Regency Square played an important part in the development of Brighton as a fashionable resort. Our book digs deeply and widely into Regency Square’s history, and is the most complete account of Regency Square that has ever been written.‘

The book will be launched at 11am on September 22 at an event hosted by the Regency Square Area Society. Regency ward councillor Alex Phillips will be guest of honour at the launch, in the Regency Square garden. Copies of the book are already available from City Books in Western Road, Hove. Copies will also be on sale at the launch and online from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones. All proceeds are going to the Regency Square Area Society, which funded the printing and publishing costs.