The Square in Patcham: a hidden gem

Listed houses in The Square Patcham

PATCHAM CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL PATCHAM CHARACTER STATEMENT ADOPTED [by Brighton & Hove Council] 2010 states:
THE SQUARE is particularly picturesque – enhanced by its ‘hidden’ location, the presence of verdant front gardens and informal surface treatments that are in keeping with its rural character. The buildings retain many original features, including horizontally sliding sash and vertically hung sash windows, clay tile and slate roofs and traditional outbuildings, which contribute to the character of The Square.

C18 cottages in The Square Patcham

A PRESTON & PATCHAM SOCIETY COMMITTEE MEMBER DESCRIBES THE SQUARE:
Many Patcham people do not know of the existence of The Square as it is hidden by the cottages along the Old London Road. It has a distinctive character of its own, that of an original 18th century village street with its unmade path. The occupations of the inhabitants of the Square during the nineteenth century were mostly agricultural labourers, gardeners and carters plus a few railway workers and washerwomen.
Yvonne Ray
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ENGLISH HERITAGE states that cottages nos.8 and 9 were listed 2/3/81 whereas nos.19 and 20 were listed  26/8/99.

Single storey cottages in The Square in Patcham

There are three derelict listed single storey cottages (or wash houses), which the owner proposes to convert to a single cottage. It is said that these cottages were last occupied in 1938. The Preston & Patcham Society welcomes the proposal to restore them and convert them to one house, but opposes the design of the new single storey house which is out of character amongst 18th century cotttages. The planning application no: BH2013/02596

Please email your comments on this planning application (no: BH2013/02596) to: planning.comments@brighton-hove.gov.uk or write to: Planning applications, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, HOVE BN3 3BQ
giving your name, address, post code and the planning application number.

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From Ditchling Road to the surrounding Downland—maintaining a sense of continuity…..

The Preston and Patcham Society was founded in 1973. Our work is concerned with maintaining a sense of continuity in the community and matters related to conservation issues.

The Society embraces the area between Ditchling Road, Springfield Road, Dyke Road, Snakey Lane, Patcham village, Withdean, Westdean, Varndean and the surrounding downland.

Preston Manor walled garden

The Society plants trees from time to time. We check significant planning applications weekly.

We are represented on the Conservation Advisory Group which advises Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee on matters of conservation and listed buildings.

We hold occasional meetings to which we welcome all members.

Patcham at risk of flooding again

THE SEWER SYSTEM RUNNING INTO PATCHAM VILLAGE ARE 40% HIGHER IN CAPACITY THAN THE ONES RUNNING THROUGH IT, CREATING A BOTTLE NECK.

When the water from the Downs moves through the sewer, Patcham becomes a pinch point and the water makes its way towards the surface.

A £14m project would revise the whole sewer system from Patcham to the coast. For the last few weeks three emergency pumps have moved water and sewage to larger sewers south of the village. The system is designed to take the wastewater from the houses and surface water from the roads, but not from the Wellesbourne, the river which runs under the town.

Last time Patcham was flooded a few years ago many householders in Patcham had to vacate their houses for several months while the water and sewage was pumped out and the fabric of the houses was dried out.

We should be campaigning against the construction of hardstanding in gardens, where the water runs off the hard surface instead of being soaked up by the earth.