Cox’s Pill Factory.

This beautiful building stood on part of the Sainsburys site and was demolished in the early 1980’s when the horrible Vogue Gyratory was built. The clock in the centre of the facade is now part of the Sainsburys frontage and can be seen on the tower at the left hand end of the building in the present day.

Arthur Hawker Cox & Company started life in small premises at 32 Ship Street, Brighton. Arthur was best known for patenting a 'pearl' coating for the pills that he made and patented the idea in 1854, but was, surprisingly, less well known as a prominent entrepreneur and councillor for Brighton, serving a term as mayor for a short time, during which he officially opened Preston Park.

 By 1871, the company had divided into two distinct divisions: retail and production. The production premises were initially located at 10A St. Martin's Place and by 1903 had become incorporated as Arthur H Cox & Company Limited, following Arthur's passing that year. 

The company relocated to the large factory premises seen throughout this page in 1910, alongside offices in D'aubigny Road in 1933 and continued trading from the Upper Lewes Road site until 1971, when the business was moved wholesale to Barnstaple in Devon and the Brighton Factory was sadly demolished. This was because it was seen as being beneficial that it would obtain grants from the government due to Barnstaple being a deprived area at the time! 

Cox Continental, as it became in 1966, was bought by Alpharma Inc. in 1998, but continues to exist up to the present day.



ABOVE: This photo shows Cox's Pill Factory in 1971. This is a particularly interesting photo as it shows (and confirms) the original layout of the junction of Lewes and Upper Lewes Road, prior to the construction of the Vogue Gyratory. In my opinion the way the road here is laid out in is its ideal scenario. I am not a fan of the Vogue Gyratory; it is needlessly over-complicated and in rush hour traffic, can be quite dangerous.

Note that the chimneys have been removed at some stage of the proceedings, although thus far I have not been able to determine when. Note also that between this and the next photo, there are changes to the masonry above the top windows denoting the building's purpose. In the 1971 view, the masonry is plain.


ABOVE: This photo shows Coxes Pill Factory in 1894. Note the fabulous wall at the frontage of the site's perimeter. The pavement is very narrow in this picture which is probably why the wall was removed. Like the chimneys, I cannot date the wall's removal. This photo is owned by the Regency Society and is part of the James Gray Collection.


ABOVE: Cox’s Pill factory stood on part of the Sainsburys site and was demolished in the early 80’s. The clock in the centre of the facade is now part of the Sainsburys frontage. Photo by Mr. Chris Horlock.


ABOVE: Fish eye view of Cox’s Pill Factory and the Lewes Road Viaduct looking toward D’Aubigny and Princes Roads.

ABOVE: This photo shows Cox's Pill Factory on the day of its closure which was on 15th July 1979. This photo is owned by the inimitable Leslie Whitcomb.