North Laine, Brighton, Sussex, UK
North Laine is a shopping and residential district. Once a slum area, its many pubs, cafés, theatres and museums now make it seen as Brighton's bohemian and cultural quarter "Laine" is a Sussex dialect term for an open tract of land at the base of the Downs, which itself is derived from an Anglo-Saxon legal term for a kind of land holding. The space surrounding Brighton was once occupied by five of these "laines", open farming plots of a type generally unchanged in style since the Middle Ages, one of which was North Laine, During the reigns of George IV, William IV and the first quarter of Queen Victoria, despite the grandeur of the Royal Pavilion, the North Laine section was known mostly for its squalor, abysmal living conditions and high concentration of slaughterhouses.
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