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More foreign attacks, storms (especially the devastating Great Storm of 1703), a declining fishing industry, and the emergence of nearby Shoreham as a significant port caused its economy to suffer.
By 1708 other parishes in Sussex were charged rates to alleviate poverty in Brighton, and Daniel Defoe wrote that the expected £8,000 cost of providing sea defences was "more than the whole town was worth".
The village of Bristelmestune was founded by these Anglo-Saxon invaders, probably in the early Saxon period.
They were attracted by the easy access for boats, sheltered areas of raised land for building, and better conditions compared to the damp, cold and misty Weald to the north.
Brighton began to attract more visitors following improved road transport to London and becoming a boarding point for boats travelling to France.
The town also developed in popularity as a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.This article is about the city of Brighton in England.For the neighborhood in southern Brooklyn, see Brighton Beach.Having lost the Battle of Worcester, King Charles II, after hiding for 42 days in various places, fled on the evening of 15 October 1651 in the "Surprise" from Brighthelmstone to his exile in Fécamp, France.Over the next few decades, though, events severely affected its local and national standing, such that by 1730 "it was a forlorn town decidedly down on its luck".Brighton's earliest name was Bristelmestune, recorded in the Domesday Book.