Hove's seafront forms the end of a series of grand avenues and wide boulevards, named in numerical order beginning with First Avenue. They are mostly composed of extremely large and fine Victorian villas built in the early and mid-Victorian era, featuring mews for artisans and service buildings.

Grand Avenue, The Drive (with The Courtlands boasting a prime position), and the surrounding avenues were developed through the 1870s and 1880s, with many of the buildings in this area constructed by the great English builder, William Willett.

The Courtlands Hotel

Archival images of The Drive, Hove, from The Regency Society of Brighton & Hove.

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