Brighton & Hove Black History

Revealing Brighton and Hove’s hidden past

17th century

1651 – Prince Charles’s Black Helper

In 1651 when Charles’s invasion ended in defeat, the young Charles II stayed overnight in Brighton, at the Kings Head public house in West Street. According to the Sussex Archaeology Society, the day after Charles escaped to France a party… Continue Reading →

1616 – Blakers of Portslade Coat of Arms

The Arms of the Blakers of Portslade, granted in 1616, depicts the side-facing heads of three Blackamoors – Negroes with African Hair. The family are mentioned in connection with Old Shoreham, Kingston, Lewes, Patcham, Pangdean, and Brighton itself. Blaker Recreation… Continue Reading →

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