Since the 1830s our area has enjoyed a rich history of development, occupation and adaptation to a changing world.

For over 180 years, the Palmeira and Adelaide area has retained a special character and dignity as one the foremost architectural set-pieces on the south coast. It is often described as one of the two bookends to the city, Lewes Crescent and Sussex Square being the other. Like its counterpart, this Crescent and Square has always offered a particular quality of life and enjoyed a broad spectrum of residents. Protection of the buildings under both Listing and Conservation Area legislation has ensured that the special character and streetscape will be preserved.

To view some of our heritage photos, please visit our heritage photo gallery.

Historical Archives

FOPA is undertaking a range of historical researches, including the Wick Estate records at East Sussex Archives, Censuses and local street directories from 1845. A database of this information will be gradually added to the website for the use and amusement of all. Many interesting people have lived here and eventually we hope to have information for every house.

History of the development of this area
The Architecture of Adelaide Crescent
The Architecture of Palmeira Square