From sleepy fishing village to bustling metropolis and famous seaside destination, the social history of Brighton is a classic coming-of-age tale.
Prince George and Brighton Regency History
A key turning point in Brighton's social history ocurred when Prince George - later to become Prince Regent and then George IV - decided to make his home in the city in 1783. As a result, Brighton's popularity soared and the seeds were sown for Brighton becoming a fashionable seaside destination.
The town underwent an amazing transformation and many of the city's famous Regency squares and crescents were built and the Royal Pavilion was transformed into an extravagant palace, concreting the building as one of the key elements in the colourful architectural history of Brighton.