ABOVE: This picture shows Doctor Richard Russell 

Two key events helped put Brighton (or Brighthelmstone as it was known originally) on the map. The first of these was that a certain Dr. Richard Russell (SHOWN ABOVE) set up his practice in the town in 1754 and extolled the virtues of the seawater as having great medicinal properties, which popularised bathing and therefore greatly increased tourism to the town. 

The second was that the Prince Regent (later George IV, SHOWN IN BOTH PICTURES BELOW) heard of Dr. Russell’s work and was recommended to “partake of the benefits of salt water bathing”. He quickly fell in love with the town and commissioned the building of his grand home, The Royal Pavilion, at the Old Steine in the town centre. That the town had gained royal patronage was certainly a boost to the town and increased its status.

These 2 pictures (above) show The Prince Regent, George IV (George the fourth)