Radynden Gate Pillar

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index

The Radynden Gate Pillar or Preston Park Radynden Gate Pillar is just by the Southern corner entrance of Preston Park, by where Preston Road meets Stanford Avenue. It's marked PRESTON PARK in large letters with a narrow and unobtrusive vertical plaque on the side, explaining the Radyden Gate connection.

An almost identical pillar is at the further North Preston Road entrance to the park, but set into grass without the surrounding base.

The Preston Park Roman Villa

The Southern pillar tends to be explained by locals as marking the location of the Romano-British Villa whose remains were found nearby, in 1877, just by the Southern corner of Preston Park.

Since this discovery was just a few years before the creation of the Park, and presumably shortly before the creation of the two pillars, it's possible that the local folklore might be correct – the pillar used to have a second plaque on the other side, and we're pretty sure that this missing second plaque had text referring to the villa (we've been told quite emphatically, that it had). Considering the timing and proximity, it might arguably have been odd for the second plaque not to have mentioned the villa.

Plaque text (remaining plaque):

RADYNDEN GATE

THE ANCIENT MANOR OF RADYNDEN LAY TO THE SOUTH OF THIS GATE

ABOVE ARE THE ARMS OF SIR JOHN DE RADYNDEN 1274-1350 SINCE ASSUM'D BY THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX

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