Why move to Portslade
While Portslade is part of the city of Brighton and Hove, it still retains much of its village character. Flint buildings, a village green and the twelfth-century church of St Nicholas form the old village centre. Portslade also offers its fair share of Victorian and Edwardian terraces as well as more modern homes, even boasting several manor houses that could easily compete with homes found in the richest neighbourhoods of Brighton and Hove!
Portslade appeals to a wide range of people from London commuters who love the easy access to the city to those who wish to take advantage of property that's just as stunning as in Brighton and Hove but available at more affordable prices. Portslade is also an excellent choice for families, offering many larger homes and garden than can be found in Brighton and Hove's centre, plus many outstanding schools including Peter Gladwin, St Mary's Catholic School and Mile Oak for primary schools with King's School and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy for secondary.
History of Portslade
Portslade is the oldest and most important of the settlements that became the future village of Brighthelmstone, having been continuously occupied since Anglo-Saxon times. It has been suggested that Portslade was the Roman port Novus Portus, recorded by Ptolemy in his Geography in the second century AD, and that Old Shoreham Road that passes through the town may form part of the Roman road Noviomagus Reginorum. Roman burial sites have also been discovered with the town.
Portslade lays claim to a number of important ancient buildings including the twelfth-century St Nicholas Church and Portslade Manor, which dates back to Norman times and was partially demolished in the early nineteenth century. Norman manors such as this are extremely rare, and the building is a scheduled ancient monument of national importance.
From the seventeenth to mid-twentieth century, Portslade was known as Copperas Gap, most likely after the local production of copperas, or green vitriol, which was used in making textiles. Today Portslade is a peaceful part of the city of Brighton and Hove with over 20,000 residents calling this area home.
Both Portslade and the surrounding areas of Brighton and Hove offer an excellent range of award-winning restaurants to be enjoyed by anyone who love fine food and a fabulous night out.
From seafood restaurants such as English's in the Lanes, gourmet vegetarian restaurants such as Terre à Terre and Food for Friends, world cuisine and everything in between, the options are too numerous to list. For more traditional fare, try one of the many excellent pubs and cafés that can be found all over the city. One thing is certain - no one will leave disappointed in the food!
Portslade's village centre and Boundary Road both offer numerous independent shops where locals can pick up anything they need. Large supermarkets and department stores are within easy reach and with a quick bus or train journey residents can quickly reach Brighton's large shopping districts, including Churchill Square - with over 80 high street shops - as well as the bohemian North Laine and the high-end Lanes. Whether you're looking for designer fashion, hand-crafted jewellery or a unique gift that can't be found anywhere else, the shopping opportunities are endless!
Portslade is ideally situated by the sea and within easy reach of both Brighton's city centre and the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Take a stroll along the beach, or have fun at the nearby Hove Lagoon. For some of the most beautiful views in the world, visit the gorgeous Devil's Dyke and explore ancient Iron Age ruins. Whatever you fancy - from theatre to racing to golf and fantastic family days out - there are endless activities to choose from in Portslade and beyond.