Hove - What's So Special About It?

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Hove is known for its coffee shops, swanky restaurants, traffic wardens that are a bit over-zealous and beach huts. It is rich with culture and history. However, there is much more to Hove than that. 

Hove has a lot more history to it than you may think. It is very old. With that said, let's discuss some of its history while you take in all that Hove has to offer.

As far back as 1288 is the earliest Hove's history can be traced. This is the year that it was recorded as a small fishing village. It was located right near Brighton, and for the longest time (until the Renaissance) Hove was just a street that lead to St. Andrew's church. 

In 1801, the village had  101 residents recorded, but in 1821 some development started to take place in the area. A theatre was built and so was a number of riding schools. Also built was a police service. The population soared to 1,360 by 1831, and by 1901 Hove was home to more than 30,000 residents. 

There is only one original building that still stands from the original village, and that building is St. Andrew's Church. Some people still refer to the church as St. Andrew's Old Church. However, it's worth noting that the building has been rebuilt due to being left in ruins back in 1836.

Brighton and Hove has a unitary authority, and this has been the case since 1997. The two also are classed as a city, as they achieved city status back in 2000. Surrounding towns were combined into the city of Brighton and Hove

"Hove Actually" is a popular slogan visitors may hear.
Laurence Oliver, who was a local actor, started the slogan. The council eventually adopted it, and now it's used by Hove residents to standout from their neighbours in Brighton. 

Fast forward to present day, Hove stretches all the way to the area where the A27 is met by Hangleton. There are Beach huts, high-end restaurants, cafes and bars all over the place and there's plenty of green spaces to enjoy, as well as lots of activities for you to take part in. 

For watersports, you can head down to the Hove Lagoon, or you can check out one of the many fitness centres and yoga studios in the area. Other things to do include going to the greyhound racing track, the Country Cricket Ground, or see if there are any festivals that are going on, which do on a regular basis. 

Pubs in the area are popular, too. Many of them offer an array of activities, and so do other venues. You can easily find places that have live music, film screenings, quizzes, and much more.

If the location grabs you then there are some excellent Hove estate agents who can help you find that perfect Hove home.

Century 21 Brighton & Hove Estate Agents
43 Goldstone Crescent

01273 967014




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Comments (2)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Peter Spain very good report about the history and the special things about Hove.

Sep 20, 2021 02:58 PM
Peter Spain

Thanks John. Your comment is appreciated.:)

Sep 21, 2021 06:00 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Peter hope all is well with you and if you need greater Los Angeles Real Estate needs please feel free to reach out to me directly, Endre

Sep 20, 2021 11:16 PM