Sussex County Hospital and Sea-Bathing Infirmary, 1827

Drawn by J. Bouty in 1827, this print was made prior to the Sussex County Hospital’s opening in 1828. It shows the hospital’s Barry Building in its original condition.

A ‘Sea-Bathing Infirmary’ for Brighton was founded in 1824, with land being provided by Thomas Kemp and designs by Sir Charles Barry. Money was raised by subscription and a tender drawn up using Barry’s most basic design, with the total cost of boundary walls, a well, a new road to the sea (Paston Place) and the building itself coming to over £14,000. It was a rather plain Regency-style building of four storeys, based on a domestic scale and design style. At the time of its construction it was the only structure on the north side of Eastern Road in the area, and was set upon a hill. Soon after its opening the hospital was changed to the Sussex County Hospital and lost most of its associations with sea-bathing. 

Image courtesy of the Regency Society and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.