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.
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.
ENGLISH HERITAGE states that cottages nos.8 and 9 were listed 2/3/81 whereas nos.19 and 20 were listed 26/8/99.
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
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