In the same year that the Chain Pier was opened, Thomas Read Kemp, Lord of the Manor (a post now held by the ex-boxer Chris Ewbank, apparently, but I could be wrong), started construction of Kemptown.The manor house in which Kemp lived is now Brighton and Hove High School for girls in Montpelier Road and it was known as the Temple because it conformed to the dimensions of King Solomon's Temple as described in the Bible.
Kemptown's Regency buildings (which were built as empty shells to be fitted-out by their new owners) had mews for horses, carriages and coachmen and were designed by Amon Wilds, whose son, Amon Henry Wilds, designed the distinctive dolphin symbol, which is still seen around Brighton today.
Kemptown itself stands as a wonderful haven, being an excellent place to visit if the hordes in the main shopping area in the west of town become too much. Placed above the cliffs, its leafy streets and slowly decaying Regency buildings provide a light and breezy refuge where one can wander around the various curiosity shops, restaurants and pubs.
For far more information on the history of Kemptown, I found some interesting stuff you can view by clicking on this link to a website dedicated to Kemptown.
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