Category:Madeira Drive and Brighton Promenade

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1902: Celebrations and military salute for the end of the Boer War

1902: Celebrations and military salute for the end of the Boer War [image info]

Brighton Promenade, looking West

Brighton Promenade, looking West [image info]

Brighton Promenade, single arch

Brighton Promenade, single arch [image info]

Brighton Promenade, stairways and doorways detail

Brighton Promenade, stairways and doorways detail [image info]

Sheltered walkway

Sheltered walkway [image info]

2017: "Save Madeira Terraces" leaflet

2017: "Save Madeira Terraces" leaflet [image info]

Brighton Promenade (Madeira Drive) stretches Eastward from the Palace Pier and the Volks Aquarium Station to Kemptown.

It extends along the base of a bricked seafront cliff, with ornamental arched sheltering walkways extending along most of its length, which support further walkways and steps up to the road level.

Above Black Rock Station is a brick frontage that has the locked gate to the "Lewis Carroll Rabbithole".


Prior to 1869 there was just a pile of rubble at the foot of the seawall to help protect the seawall foundations from erosion by waves, but with the development of Kemp Town, which had buildings not too far from the almost vertical cliff wall, it was felt to be worthwhile "beefing up" the sea defences at the bottom of the cliff, and taking the opportunity to also make a pleasant seafront walkway to further enhance the desirability of Kemp Town. The existing pile of rubble was used as the basis for a new lower-level road and sheltered promenade extending the idea of the existing accessway for the Chain Pier.

The new Promenade, originally called Madeira Road, was built in coordination with the building of the new Aquarium, and faced with stone from London's Blackfriars Bridge which had been demolished in 1863.

Magnus Volk and the Volk's Electric Railway

The Volk's Electric Railway line runs unobtrusively along the beach in front of the Promenade, and Magnus Volk's railway workshop is built into the brickwork near Half-way Station.

1933 description:

The Madeira Drive

runs from the Aquarium to King's Cliff, Kemp Town. The sea-wall is a fine work, about 25 feet thick at the base and 3 feet at the summit. The creepers and shrubs by which the wall is partially screened do much to relieve what would oherwise be a rather dreary prospect.

An Arcade, about half a mile long, running eastward from a point near the aquarium, with an asphalted terrace walk on the top, and provided with seats, affords cover in wet weather; and near the eastern extremity is a large Shelter Hall and Reading-Room, similar to that on the beach at the foot of West Street. Refreshments can be obtained in the Shelter Hall, and time-tables, etc., consulted. A Lift communicates with the Marine Parade above. Here, too, is a Bandstand. The slopes at the eastern end of the Madeira Drive, known as the Duke's Mound, are planted with shrubs, and the carriage drive extends as far as Black Rock.

The Marine Parade

commands unrivalled sea-views. Many of the houses are very imposing, the Georgian bow-windows and balconies giving them also an air of solid comfort and repose.

The visitor who has doubts concerning the popularity of Brighton as an excursion centre should come to the Marine Parade early one forenoon and see the row of motor-coaches drawn up for the day's trips. At times well over a hundred coaches are here, and there is in addition a constant stream of buses and trams.

— , Ward Locke, , Brighton, Hove & District, , 1933

Events (vehicle-based)

Events and dates were checked on December 2015. Most of these dates refer to the 2015 events, but since calendaring for future events is liable to change in the future (along with some sponsor names), it's advisable to check with the organising bodies and/or with before planning to attend.


Pioneer Run (motorcycles)

Organised by The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club, the Pioneer run normally happens in March, and is open to motorcycles built before 1915. The run starts at Epsom Downs at, and finished at Madeira Drive.
* Pioneer Run, Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club (

Historic Commercial Vehicle Society Run (HCVS)

Held on the first Sunday in May, the HCVS Run is for commercial vehicles – vans, lorries and buses – built before 1915.
* Historic Commercial Vehicle Society (
* HCVS Run (


The Mini Run

Normally held in May, the Mini Run is for Mini owners, and runs from Crystal Palace to Madeira Drive. It's organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club.
* The London to Brighton Mini Run (
* The Mini Run (

The Classic and Kit Car Run

Normally held in May, "classic" cars are assumed to be more than 25 years old.
* The Classic and Kit Car Run (
* Classic and Kit Car Run [


The Brighton Speed Trials

The Brighton Speed trials have been held on the straight quarter-mile strip since 1905, making it the oldest car racing event in the world. They are normally held on the second Saturday in September.
* Brighton Speed Trials , Brighton & Hove Motor Club (
* Brighton Speed Trials Saved, The Telegraph (


RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is a running event for electric and hybrid cars that takes place on the day before the Vintage Car Run (a Saturday), and runs in the opposite direction (Brighton to London)

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Popularly known as the London to Brighton Rally, this even has been held since 1926, and uses Madeira Drive as its final assembly point. Vehicles have to have been built before 1904 in order to be allowed to participate.

The Rally usually takes place on the first Sunday in November.

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