Brighton-sur-mer

Brighton-lès-Pins [Brighton near the pines]; Brighton Plage; Cayeux-sur-mer-Brighton – call it what you will, there is a development called Brighton in the north-west of France. 

Where in the north-west of France?  Find St Valéry at the mouth of the River Somme.  Follow the coastline round to the south and there it is, just two kilometres north of Cayeux-sur-mer. Continue reading

Faux Brighton 1

Source gallica.bnf.fr/BnF

The name BRIGHTON seems to hold an enduring fascination for French artists in all disciplines. Here is a first example.

In 1891 Leopold Wenzel, the Italian-born Musical Director of the Empire Theatre in London, wrote the music for a ballet called “By the Sea”. This is the poster for that very same ballet when it transferred to the Olympia in Paris.
The new name did not seem to convince even the French critics that there was much of Brighton in this sparkling ballet … apart, perhaps, from the sparkle. Continue reading

Where’s Brigthon?

Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF

1884
Dear Monsieur Henry,
Whilst strolling in Paris last week, I noticed this advertisement for your excellent establishment.  However, I would wish to draw your attention to the fact that, if you do indeed have a factory in Brighton as you state, you do not know our town well as you are clearly unable to spell its name correctly.
Yours faithfully
A concerned Brightonian