You may or may not know that Brighton and Hove have many different districts within the city. Each their own hub, with their own niches, whether that is their individual communities or small local businesses. We will be bringing you insights into some of our favourite districts, to give you an idea to what it’s like to live there. This series we will be giving the spot light to Preston Park.
The ancient Sussex village of ‘Preston’ or Preston Village, originated in the Saxon era with its former name of ‘Preste-tun’ meaning priest’s farmstead. Following the Domesday survey the village’s importance grew, enabling it to have its own Manor House which we know today as Preston Manor. The present Manor House dates back to 1738 as the original house was built in the 13th century, (although some remains still exist) it has had many owners, most famously the Stanford family, reputably, the richest family in Sussex. Today Preston Manor is a museum and exhibition venue open to the public.
Preston Park, formerly part of the Preston Manor Estate, is one of Brighton’s largest parks, with 63 acres of lawns, gardens, a bowling green, tennis courts, a children’s playground and a small pond. Did you know the park stays green throughout the summer months due to Brighton’s lost river?! It’s an underground river which runs under Preston Park, London Road and The Level. Next to Preston Park you also have The Rockery, a beautiful Rock Garden. The park see’s many events throughout the year, from Gay Pride to Brighton Festival, The Foodies Festival and Park Run.
Preston Village has a small parade of shops including a couple of pubs, a Sainsbury’s and a lovely deli/coffee shop The Sandwich Society – a great little lunch stop if you are looking to grab a fresh cup of coffee and a salad box or a delicious sausage roll! Preston Park railway station is close by, with direct links to London Victoria in an hour.
Over the last few years Preston Park has become an increasingly popular area to live in, especially ‘The Golden Triangle’ as known to locals, as well as the roads the other side of Preston Drove and the ‘Surrenden’ area, which boast beautiful examples of Victorian and Edwardian homes. The area has some great schools, attracting many families. Stanford Junior School, St Bernadette’s Primary School, Balfour Primary School, Dorothy Stringer and Varndean Secondary Schools.
Preston Drove goes up to Fiveways (another very popular district, neighbouring the Preston Park area), with a honey pot of pubs alone. From The Park View with its large beer garden to The Cleaveland Arms for their delicious food. Fiveways has a great mini high street offering many amenities, shops and eateries including a Brighton and Hove popular small business TheFlour Pot Bakery– an artisan bakery offering hand crafted bread and pastries, as well as breakfast, brunch and lunches.
Prevloved of Brighton is a great little boutique shop selling second hand clothing and accessories where you can find some beautiful high street and designer pieces. The Fiveways Deli is a personal favourite, offering a selection of hot and cold light bites.
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