Square Area’s Wilde heritage

Square Area’s Wilde heritage

Square Area’s Wilde heritage

First published in News

THE history of one of Brighton’s grand historic squares will be unveiled this weekend.

Brighton and Hove mayor Brian Fitch will unveil the new heritage board in Regency Square on Saturday at 12.30pm.

The new Regency Square Area Society board has been paid for thanks to a £2,500 donation by the Community Development Foundation and will tell the history of the square which dates back to the 1820s.

Included on the board will be details of Oscar Wilde’s infamous horse and carriage crash in the square while riding with Lord Alfred Douglas.

The famous playwright, pictured, described it as an “incident of no importance” despite fevered media interest.

The square was previously an army camp for up to 10,000 troops during the Napoleonic Wars and is referred to in Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice when Lydia Bennet visits the camp in Brighton and elopes with Mr Wickham.

Following the unveiling ceremony, a reception will be held in the nearby Regency Tavern pub.

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