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This method, inherently dirty and disruptive, would have been used at Hove until the arrival of the railway in 1840.
By 1861 the site had doubled in size and there were now five gasometers, ranging in size from small to large.
Hove is bordered by Brighton to the east and Portslade-by-Sea in the west, the distance between the boundaries being some 2.25 mi (3.75 km).
During mid 19th-century building work near Palmeira Square, workmen levelled a substantial burial mound.
In 1818 there was a pitched battle on Hove beach between revenue men and smugglers, from which the latter emerged as the victors.
Andrew's Church, and in 1832 built a gasworks on a two-acre site.Being situated in Hove it avoided the duty of £1 per 8 tons levied on coal by the Brighton Town Act of 1773.A gasworks built east of Brighton in 1819, and therefore similarly exempt, was supplied by sailing brigs grounding at high tide, the crew tipping the coal down chutes into horse-drawn carts then re-floating on the next tide.There are entries for Brighton and Portslade (Bristelmestune and Porteslage) and small downland settlements like Hangleton (Hangetone), but nothing for the location of Hove itself.Hove is an ancient coastal settlement with St Andrew's Church being established in the 12th century.
Also at the bottom of Hove Street was the bull-ring.