Brighton has been named one of England’s most historic cities

BRIGHTON has been named one of the richest heritage cities in the country, according to a recent study.

The city ranks fifth in the survey that measures the number of plaques on the sides of buildings, ahead of Birmingham, York and Newcastle.

Brighton and Hove has 151 different heritage plaques, including Laurence Olivier’s home in Royal Crescent and writer Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett’s home on The Drive in Hove.

Many of the plaques scattered around Brighton relate to the city’s rich history of art and music, for example on the Brighton Dome, which commemorates the triumph of pop band ABBA in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. Others are reminiscent of lesser-known figures such as hypnotist George Albert Smith and inventor William Friese-Greene.

The Argus: Brighton ranks among the best cities in the country for heritageBrighton ranks among the best heritage cities in the country

Research by delivery service Evri has measured the number of heritage plaques in each city in the UK and published a map showing how the top cities compare.

The plaques were first introduced by English Heritage in London in 1985 but have spread across the country to commemorate a city’s history.

The commemorative plaques are often placed on buildings of historical importance, such as places where a famous musician lived or the site of an important event. Brighton has been named one of England’s most historic cities

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