Heritage Open Days: 10-19 Sept. 2021 - what will you discover?!
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A partial history of Round Hill

Round Hill Conservation Area, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

A self-guided walk past several exhibition panels of local history created by residents is available throughout the HOD period. PLUS - There will also be a guided tour on each of the four weekend mornings (booking essential).

Food and Water, Fuel and Waste – Round Hill has had it all!
In the early days of Brighton, Round Hill was a wheat field outside the town, as building moved into the countryside the wheat field went, but market gardens and glasshouses appeared with the new housing. We also gained a windmill at the top of Round Hill. Laundries both large and small sprang up on the hill, but there was a conflict with both domestic coal burning and the nearby ‘dust destructor’ (an early incinerator). Housing brought corner shops, often meeting the needs of relatively poor households. There was an early water pumping station nearby, and a small gasworks, and later the town’s abattoir. Today we retain a waste connection with both the refuse transfer station and the recycling sorting plant adjacent.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
Sunday 12 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
Saturday 18 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30
Sunday 19 September: Guided Tour: 10:00 - 11:30

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
The self guided tour is available anytime but the walking tour must be booked by email.
Booking Contact: Rob Stephenson
Email: rob.stephenson51@gmail.com


The self-guided walking tour is available anytime but is more likely to be staffed at weekends. The location is entirely on the streets of Round Hill, but it is on a hill, and part of the guided tour is down a flight of 120 steps.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. There will be a small group size for the guided tours but should Covid increase again the maximum number will be cut and, if necessary, bookers being contacted to cancel their bookings.

Additional Information

Max 15 people per tour/session. Contact for the day: Robert Stephenson 07812 601682


The events take place in the Round Hill Conservation Area, there will be a map showing the location of the fixed exhibitions for the self-guided tour on the Round Hill website.

Organised by

The Round Hill Society and local residents

Date last modified: 13th September 2021 at 12:16