Living in Patcham, Brighton
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What Is Life Like In Patcham, Brighton?
Patcham, Brighton has retained much of its charm as a historic village. With tree-lined avenues and historic buildings dotted around its centre, Patcham is a fantastic location with beautiful architecture and many opportunities for prospective home buyers.
Patcham is a small village, just three miles and a 10 minute bus journey north of the centre of Brighton, and fifty miles south of central London. The village is thus very well catered for in terms of activities in and around the area. Being so close to Brighton means shopping and other cultural amenities, such as the thriving vintage markets, are within easy reach. Residents can expect a slower pace of life to the nearby bustling cultural centre of Brighton and Hove whilst still retaining access to some of the best arts centres in the country.
History Of Patcham, Brighton
The former parish of Patcham once covered a substantial area of 4,425 acres. The Domesday Book places the population of ancient Patcham at 226 households in the year 1086, with between 1,000 and 1,750 residents – making it one of the largest villages in the county.
Patcham had avoided the growing expanse of Brighton suburbia for many hundreds of years. Initially separated by fields, Brighton had slowly encroached on the land until it ultimately bordered with the village, and then in 1928 it was announced that Patcham had officially become a part of Greater Brighton.
This integration was a lengthy process that divided Patcham’s surrounding land between the two towns of Brighton and Hove. The process simultaneously provided Patcham with many of the amenities that it enjoys today; including libraries, housing and churches which were been built by the Brighton borough council in a flourish of funding. It is now the central ‘old village’ that remains today as a conservation area in order to retain the distinct village atmosphere.
Days Out In Patcham, Brighton
Patcham is perfectly located for days out, combining the glory of the nearby Sussex countryside with the cultural amenities of nearby Brighton.
Patcham is minutes away from the incredible South Downs National Park, which stretches across the South of England. Follow in the trail of Victorian tourists and visit the historic attraction named Devil’s Dyke - a valley which is said within mythology to have been dug by the devil. More recently however it has fallen into favour with paragliders and hang gliders, who operate schools in the area for anyone looking to get into a flying club.
Football fans can watch Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. play at the Falmer Stadium – located just 4 miles from the village. Alternatively, take advantage of transport links and visit Brighton, Portsmouth or London – all within easy reach and each providing a wide variety of nights out. The Theatre Royal in Brighton presents a wide range of West End and touring plays and musicals. Opened in 1807, the venue makes as an excellent way to view a range of contemporary and contemporaneous theatrical displays.
Things To Do In Patcham, Brighton
Patcham has a relatively relaxed atmosphere compared to the neighbouring city of Brighton. There is easy access to all the conveniences of the city but from a close-knit village community.
Residents are well catered for in terms of bars and eateries in the area. The Ladies Mile is a traditional pub that serves delicious classic pub food in a grand 1930s public house. Visit La Tana for Italian food, or The Sportsman restaurant for a daily carvery. Cafes and pub are dotted around the borough, however for late night music Brighton is worth the short journey. Patcham village offers a number of unique boutiques that provide friendly and personal service whilst other amenities are covered by the local supermarkets; which include Marks and Spencer, Asda and Co-op.
Patcham and the surrounding areas of Brighton are spoiled for choice of fitness clubs and complexes. There are two local leisure centres - Withdean Sports Complex and Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre - both of which offer a range of gym equipment and tennis courts. There is no shortage of clubs and societies in the area - including football, fencing, cricket, yoga, martial arts, sailing, surfing and rugby among a wide choice of others.
Schools In Patcham, Brighton
Patcham has several excellent schools in and around the area.
Nurseries and Pre-schools include:
- Patcham Pre School
- The Wishing Tree Nursery
- Patcham Infant School
- Church Hill Playgroup
Primary schools include:
- Westdene Primary School
- Patcham Junior School
- Carden Primary School
- Dharma School
- St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Patcham High School
- Dorothy Stringer High School
- Varndean School and College
Transport In Patcham, Brighton
Patcham is well connected to surrounding towns and major cities through its efficient transport links.
Preston Train Station is located 1.5 miles away and services the area with direct links to London - taking approximately one hour for journeys into the capital.
Buses and coaches
Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company operate routes within the city of Brighton and among its surrounding areas.
Gatwick Airport is approximately 30 miles north via the A23, with coach services run by National Express able to shuttle travellers between the city and airport within the hour. Otherwise, direct rail connections can be found to Gatwick Terminals from Brighton Train Station.
The A23 and A27 provide road access to London and the south of England.