23 Facts About Hove


Old spellings of Hove include Hou, la Houue, Huua, Houve, Huve, Hova and Hoova .

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Northern parts of Hove are built on chalk beds, part of the White Chalk Subgroup found across southeast England.

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Hove's beaches have the characteristics of a storm beach, and at high tide are entirely shingle, although low tide exposes sand between the sea-defence groynes, varying in extent from beach to beach.

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Only in the 1870s were the last of the market gardens near Hove Street built over, and barley was grown near Eaton Road until the county cricket ground was built.

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The urban growth of Hove has shifted sheep-farming to more isolated parts of the South Downs, but several drove roads survive today as roads or footpaths.

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Much of Hove is urbanised, but in 1994 there were 896 hectares of downland—about 37.

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Hove smugglers became notorious, with contraband often being stored in the now partially repaired St Andrew's Church.

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Hove acquired land in the fields between Hove Street and the ruins of St Andrew's Church, and in 1832 built a gasworks on a two-acre site.

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Flat coastal plain was useful for sport as from 1848 to 1871 England's oldest county club, Sussex County Cricket Club, used the Royal Brunswick Ground in Hove, situated roughly on the site of present-day Third and Fourth Avenues.

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Lutyens proposed a similar cenotaph for Hove and went as far as constructing a wooden mock-up which was displayed on Hove Lawns but the committee rejected the design.

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Brighton and Hove area was subjected to heavy bombing by the Luftwaffe between 1940 and 1944, known collectively as the "Brighton Blitz", which resulted in the deaths of 198 civilians.

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Ancient parish of Hove originally consisted of only 778 acres and in 1801 had a population of just 101.

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In 1829, local landowners petitioned parliament for powers to improve the Brunswick Town area of Hove with paving, lighting and drainage, resulting in the appointment of a body known as the Brunswick Commissioners in the following year.

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Ecclesiastically, Hove was part of a joint parish with Preston between 1531 and 1879.

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The newly separate parish of Hove was then split several times in the late 19th and 20th centuries as the population grew and more Anglican churches were built.

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St Andrew's Church near the top end of Hove Street was the ancient parish church but was in ruins by the 1830s, when it was rebuilt in a Neo-gothic style.

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Hove was included in the Lewes and Brighton Methodist Circuit from 1808, although at times during the 19th century no Methodists lived in the area.

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Hove is home to around eight primary schools: West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School, St Andrew's CE School, Hove Junior School, Benfield Junior School, Goldstone Primary School, Hangleton Junior School, Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic School, Mile Oak Primary School, Bilingual Primary School, Brunswick Primary School and well as Aldrington CE School.

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Hove College is 5 to 10 mins of walking distance from Palmeria Square.

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Hove is the location of a number of independent schools including Deepdene School, Lancing College Preparatory School The Montessori Place, The Drive Prep School and St Christopher's School .

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Hove is home for several schools for foreign students of the English language.

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Hove has a comprehensive public transport system including buses to all districts, a bus monitoring system accessible via the internet and with displays at some bus stops, and taxis which are able to pick up across the city of Brighton and Hove.

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Hove is on the West Coastway Line, as are Aldrington and Portslade and West Hove stations.

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