The Unicorn, 133 North Street, Brighton


This was originally a farmhouse, dating from 1597. It was opened as a public house about 1750, but eventually retained its connection with farming because some 50 years later the landlord was also described as “milkman and cowkeeper”. For many years there were barracks immediately behind the Inn, but when these were removed the stabling was greatly extended, and the large Unicorn yard was much frequented by carriers. The eastern portion was a later addition to the original building but even so, in the 1860s, when alterations were being carried out, a Charles 1 shilling was found beneath the ground floor.[1] The inn was rebuilt in the 1890s. In 1916 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres acquired the site from Smithers Brewery, and in 1920, the Inn, the stabling, the houses in Windsor Street and several in Queens Road were removed to make way for the Regent Cinema.[2]


1832/James Vollar/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1839/Charles Briggs/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1854/Elizabeth Briggs/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1859/W Coulstock/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1866/W Coulstock/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1878/Richard Page/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1881/Richard Paige/Hotel Keeper/35/South Molton, Devon/Census **** 1881/Sarah P Paige/Wife/28/London, Middlesex/Census 1881/Joyce Cook/Barmaid/24/Brighton, Sussex/Census 1881/Margaret Mayston/Nurse, Widow/61/London, Middlesex/Census 1881/Catherine Millam/Cook, Widow/38/Brighton, Sussex/Census 1881/Alice Green/Servant/21/Brighton, Sussex/Census 1881/Edward Fielder/Potman/25/Hastings/Census

1890/Edward Awcock/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1913/David Cameron Clark/& Caterer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1918/Joseph Alfred Day/../../../Post Office Directory ****[3]