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Hove: Sussex towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 10:51 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 27 June 2013




Hove is a town on the south coast of England, immediately to the west of its larger neighbour Brighton

Mounding up

While building near Palmeira Square in the town, construction workers had to level a large burial mound. It is thought to have been there since 1200BC, and was 6.1 metres high. Upon bringing it down, builders found various treasures, including “the Hove amber cup”. Made of vivid red Baltic amber, it is now on display in the Hove Museum and Art Gallery.

No china shop was harmed

At the bottom of Hove Street there used to be a bull ring. At a bull bait in 1810, the bull escaped and ran clean out of the ring, scattering spectators before being recaptured and dragged back inside. This was the last bull-bait ever to take place in Hove.

Hove, actually

This is a well-known retort given by residents of Hove, (usually in jest), in response to the common question as to whether they live in Brighton. They feel, according to local myth, that this helps them to maintain a distinction with their less genteel neighbour. It is said that the once-local resident, actor Laurence Olivier, coined the phrase, but this is unconfirmed. In the 1990s Hove Borough Council used the slogan “Hove, Actually” to promote the town as a tourist destination.

Not-so leisurely

In 2007, Brighton and Hove City Council gave planning planning permission for a £290 million pound development on the site where the King Alfred Leisure Centre currently stands. The new building was to be designed by renowned Canadian architect, Frank Gehry, the man who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. This project was scrapped in January 2009 when the developer pulled out.


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The Ginger Pig

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The Art House

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Notable neighbours: Isambard Kingdom Brunel went to school in Hove, and the actor Simon Callow lives here

Getting there: Hove has two train stations, Hove and Aldrington. The A23 runs into Hove, and the A27 is close by


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