Edward Carpenter





EC Forum Event

Edward Carpenter's Brighton

Saturday September 24th 2011


The Edward Carpenter Forum is pleased to announce a day in Brighton on Saturday September 24th.

Carpenter was born and grew up in Victorian Brighton and in many ways his life was a rebellion against the society that he and his family experienced there. The Edward Carpenter Forum day in Brighton will give us a chance to discover the places where Carpenter grew up and what it was he was rebelling against.

Edward Carpenter was born in 1844 at 45 Brunswick Square, the third son of Sophia and Charles Carpenter, who had moved into this imposing property the previous year to house their growing family. Eventually their household would number 20, including 10 children and 8 staff. His father's family had a long naval tradition and all Edward's brothers left home, leaving his six sisters who became an important influence on his life.

We will meet at 10.30 a.m. in the Regency Town House ( which is being renovated as one of the few intact houses in Brunswick Square. The owner of the house, Nick Tyson, will kick off the day at by telling us about "fashionable Brighton" society in the mid-19th century and we will also hear about Carpenter's family and early life.

We hope that we will be able to take a look inside number 45, the house where Carpenter was born. In the afternoon, after a picnic lunch in Brunswick Square gardens, we will be visiting Brighton College, where Carpenter went to school from the age of 10.

For those who want to make a weekend of it, a meal will be arranged in Brighton on the Friday evening. On the Sunday here may be the chance to visit some additional places of interest further afield.

Further details will be announced nearer the time.

The cost for the day will be £10. Please make cheques payable to "Guy Shanley" and send to him at 37 Belle Vue Court, Belle Vue Gardens, Brighton BN2 0AN. Please include your full contact details, and an e mail address if possible.

Places will be limited to 30 and bookings will be restricted to members and friends of the Edward Carpenter Forum until the middle of July.

With good wishes and hoping that you will be able to join us for another enjoyable Edward Carpenter Forum event.

Philip Taylor

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