French raid on Brighton, 1545

The first map of Brighton was produced in 1545. It was made by a map maker named Anthony Anthony on the orders of King Henry VIII.

The original map now belongs to the British Library. It shows Brighton as it looked in Tudor times, but it also records an event that took place thirty years earlier.

In 1514 French raiders attacked Brighton. The town was burned to the ground, and only the foundations of St Nicholas Church survived.

Map showing 1514 French raid on Brighton, 1545