Temple Gardens

Photo:The Temple today

The Temple today

Dave Tormey

Photo:early print

early print

William Daniell 1823

By Tony Bailey

'The Temple' was the name given to the residence of Thomas Read Kemp erected in 1819. The original design is said to be influenced by the Temple of Solomon. However, as can be seen from the two photographs, the building has been extensively altered since becoming the Brighton and Hove High School for Girls.

It is interesting to note that, at the end of the Regency, the whole of this western part of the conservation area was undeveloped.

This page was added on 29/04/2010.
Comments about this page

Behind the Temple in this picture there's a spur of trees (and buildings?) running north-south. Does anybody know what this corresponds to in today's landscape? Is the southern end of this tree-line by any chance Saint Anne's Well? It's hard to accept that today's built-up landscape was once as open as this - and with such a monster of a building as the first incursion into the wide open spaces. The picture also shows just how much of a hill there is; the Royal Alex hospital was definitely built on the crown of a hill (as was the Victorians' habit).

By mike hales
On 30/04/2010

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