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  • 1910s

    In 1911, according to the census, the population of Brighton was 131,237 and a good many of them flocked to The Duke of York's Picture House when it opened on 22 September 1910. Also in 1910 Brighton & Hove Albion gained its only national honour, beating Football League champions Aston Villa to win the Charity Shield. The club was then in the Southern League. Then came World War I (1914-18) when the Royal Pavillion was used as a hospital for Indian soldiers.

  • 1900s

    In 1901 trams were introduced to Brighton. They remained until 1939 when they were replaced by trolley buses. Also in 1901 Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was founded. 1904 Motor buses began running. 1909 The first cinemas opened in Brighton.

  • 1890s


    Goodbye to the Chain Pier, hello to the Palace Pier

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    The 1890s were seen in without the Chair Pier. Built in 1823, this was destroyed in 1896 after a great storm. The decade was seen out by the opening of the Palace Pier in 1899. Work had begun on this in 1891 and, at the time, a condition to be met by its builders was that the Chain Pier (which had fallen into a state of disrepair) was to be demolished. They were saved this task by the storm! A concert hall on the Palace Pier was opened two years later. By 1911 this had become a theatre .

  • 1880s


    Linked to London by trunk line

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    1880 Local newspaper The Argus was founded. In 1882 the first telephone exchange was opened. This was followed in 1885 by the first long-distance telephone trunk line between London and Brighton. In 1883 Volk's Electric Railway was introduced. Today it is the world's oldest operating electric railway. In 1885 Roedean School independent girls' school was founded. In 1888 the clock tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.

  • 1870s


    A religious place?

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    Between 1872-74 St Bartholomew's Church was built. In 1873 St. Peter's was made Brighton's parish church and in 1875 the Middle Street Synagogue opened. Nevertheless, Brighton has become known as one of the least religious places in the UK, based upon analysis of the 2001 census which revealed that 66,955 people (27 per cent of the population) professed no religion, almost double the national average of 15 per cent. Perhaps this is why 1870s secular buildings such as the The Aquarium (opened, 1872) and the museum and library (opened, 1874) continue to flourish.

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