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He sent many patients to "take the cure" in the sea at Brighton, published a popular treatise Others were already visiting the town for recreational purposes before Russell became famous, and his actions coincided with other developments which made Brighton more attractive to visitors.
From the 1760s it was a boarding point for boats travelling to France; road transport to London was improved From 1780, development of the Georgian terraces had started, and the fishing village developed as the fashionable resort of Brighton.
Growth of the town was further encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent (later King George IV) after his first visit in 1783.
Many of the major attractions were built during the Victorian era, such as the Grand Hotel (1864), the West Pier (1866), and the Palace Pier (1899).
The town was originally split in half by the Wellesbourne, a winterbourne which was culverted and buried in the 18th century.