This is Hove
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Hove is a town on the south coast of England, immediately to the west of its larger neighbour Brighton, with which it forms the unitary authority Brighton and Hove. It forms a single conurbation together with Brighton and some smaller towns and villages running along the coast. As part of local government reform Brighton and Hove were merged to form the borough of Brighton and Hove in 1997. In 2000 the conjoined towns officially attained city status.
Hove is bordered by Brighton on the east and Portslade-by-Sea on the west.
Hove is an ancient settlement, with the parish church St.Andrew’s being established in the 12th century. Hove remained insignificant for centuries, consisting of just a single street, and by the 16th century the church was recorded as being in ruins. The census of 1801 recorded only 101 residents, but despite this tiny population The Ship Inn had been built around 1702, at the seaward end of the street.
By 1821, the year George IV was crowned, Hove was still a small village but the population had risen to 312. The dwellings were still clustered on either side of Hove Street, and were surrounded by open farmland. This isolated location was ideal for smuggling and there was considerable illicit activity. Hove smugglers became notorious, with contraband often being stored in the now partially repaired St.Andrew’s Church. Tradition has it that The Ship Inn was a favourite rendezvous for the smugglers, and in 1794 soldiers were billeted there. In 1818 there was a pitched battle on Hove beach between revenue men and smugglers, from which the latter emerged as the victors. As part of the concerted drive by Parliament to combat smuggling, a coastguard station was opened at the southern end of Hove Street in 1831, next to The Ship Inn.
Also at the bottom of Hove Street was the bull-ring. At a bull-bait in 1810 the bull escaped, scattering spectators before being recaptured and dragged back to the ring. This was the last bull-bait to take place in Hove.
In the years following the Coronation of 1821 the Brunswick estate of large Regency houses was developed on the seafront at the eastern end of the parish, near the boundary with Brighton. The name Hove had little prestige, and although technically within the parish the residents of these elegant houses called it Brighton instead, feeling little connection with the impoverished village one mile distant to the west across farmland. Little more than half that distance to the east was the centre of Brighton, to which the Brunswick estate was loosely connected by the straggling development reaching towards it along the coast. Brighton, meanwhile had become a fashionable resort with the influence of George IV who famously commissioned the Royal Pavilion. The Brunswick estate originally boasted its own police, riding schools, and a theatre.
The steady rise in population brought few economic benefits however, with Thomas Horsfield describing Hove village as ‘a mean and insignificant assemblage of huts’ in his two-volume History, Antiquities and Topography of the county of Sussex, published in 1835.
That same year, the Brighton and Hove General Gas Company built a substantial gasworks in the fields adjoining St.Andrew’s Church. This industrial site and its two towering gasometers was a considerable intrusion and up until about 1840 several paintings of this otherwise rural landscape steadfastly omit the new feature. Being in Hove it escaped the duty levied on coal by the Brighton Town Act of 1773 at the rate of £1 per 8 tons. A gasworks built east of Brighton in 1819, and therefore also exempt, was supplied by sailing ships grounding at high tide, the crew tipping the coal down chutes into waiting horse-drawn carts then refloating on the next tide. This method was probably used at Hove as well, with all the dust and dirt associated with the supply of a considerable tonnage of coal on a continuous basis.
St.Andrew’s Church was reconstructed and enlarged to its present form in 1836, to the design of the architect George Basevi, and features prominently in the background of the paintings referred to above.
Two further large estates were developed between Hove village and Brunswick, and both avoided using the name Hove – Cliftonville in the 1850s and West Brighton Estate in the 1870s.
West of Brunswick, the seafront forms the end of a series of avenues, named in numerical order beginning with First Avenue, which are mostly composed of fine Victorian villas built as yet another well-integrated housing scheme (West Brighton Estate) featuring mews for artisans and service buildings. Grand Avenue, The Drive, and the surrounding avenues were developed through the 1870s and 1880s, with many of the buildings in this area constructed by William Willett.
Hove’s wide boulevards contrast with the bustle of Brighton, although many of the grand Regency and Victorian mansions have been converted into flats. Marlborough Court was once the residence of the Duchess of Marlborough, aunt of Winston Churchill. The Irish nationalist leader and Home Rule MP Charles Stewart Parnell once lived with his partner Kitty O’Shea at Medina Villas in Hove.
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We are not authorised to interfere with any mains services. Ensure that you have made arrangements with your gas, electricity and water companies well in advance of your move. If you have TV, telephone or Internet services, inform the suppliers of your move and make arrangements to transfer the services to your new address.
Vehicles & Registrations
The DVLA must be advised of your move so that your driving licence and logbook can be amended.The DVLA web site at www.DVLA.gov.uk has further details.
Preparing to move.
Dispose of all unwanted items – your council can advise re fridges etc. Keep your freezer contents to a minimum empty the loft Put garage/garden tools together Sort out any items which are not to be moved Arrange for the Utility services to be disconnected Arrange for Utilities at your new address Notify your banks, credit card and insurance companies and rental agencies of your new address Notify your doctor, dentist, optician and vet and arrange for registrations at your new address Arrange with the post office to re-route your mail and cancel milk and newspapers Send change of address cards to friends and relatives Prepare a set of labeled keys for your purchaser.3
For the moving day
Safely pack valuable items and important documents that you will look after on the moving day Prepare an information pack for our removal team to cover your new addresses, phone numbers and contact names Arrange minders to look after pets and very young children on the moving day Collect children’s toys etc for the journey Put together a basic catering pack for the family at the new home – including the kettle! Give your removal team a spare key for your new address. The day before moving Set aside the items you are taking in your car, empty refrigerator and freezer Finish packing your personal items Verify that Utilities have been connected at new home.4
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We have used Sole Moves Removals a number of times, for both local, and longer move to London. The reason we come back to Sole Moves, is that they take all the stress out of the removal, , , as they are so friendly, helpful and flexible, that it makes the move so much easier. We recommend them.J and P Brighton
We used Sole Moves to move house on a recommendation and couldn't have been more impressed with the service. Keith and Ash are incredibly hard working, reliable and straightforward to deal with. Their friendly, funny banter was welcome light relief on a very stressful day. We would happily use their service again and recommend to all. Thanks guys, your help was hugely appreciated!Jess Hilier Hassocks
Sole Moves moved a 1 bed flat across town to another 1 bed flat. They were prompt, very helpful and flexible - especially since we had to change a few details after initial booking. They were very friendly chaps and we felt confident that they would respect our property and were trustworthy. Would recommend, very reasonable rates - especially on a SundayChloe Nacci Brighton