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Anything but sad! As a lecturer in local history, geography and landscape studies at the University of Sussex I am conscious that the rapid pace of post-war industrial change is not adequately recorded and the string of reminiscence that Hollingbury has generated in the past along with these images is invaluable...especially as I am a Hollingbury resident.

By Geoffrey Mead (15/05/2016)

Some great photos of the Hollingbury Industrial Estate, Peter; so sad to see it as a retail park selling things employing around 400 people, when in the 1960s & '70s it employed around 6000 people making things. Back then they used to stagger the finishing times of the various factories so the buses and roads weren't overwhelmed. Only the Talbot Tool Company is left from those days when Brighton & Hove was called the Coventry of the South. 

By Michael Brittain (17/05/2016)

But technology is the name of the game these days, We therefore still make and develop things, it's just in a different format, like software, and so the knowledge economy advances, and employs many people. Heavy industry is for other countries, and more polluting!

By Stefan Bremner-Morris (19/05/2016)

Stefan, KTM were one of the very first machine tool manufactures to introduce computers to machine tools, around 1975.  In the early 1980s they had around 25 software engineers (at a time when most laymen didn't even know what software was) working at the Hollingbury factory, additionally hundreds of other qualified engineers. Furthermore they trained and employed many hundreds of "skilled tradesmen"!   Your "different format" was already being done at that time in Hollingbury, but is not being done now because they "only sell sausages and the like". The software engineers of today have the software engineers of yesterday to thank for the ground-breaking work carried out at that time. Probably anyone who worked at Creeds of Gross would have a similar argument.  The 'knowledge economy' does and always will continue to advance. The population of Shenzhen in Southern China (most people have never even heard of it) is around 20,000,000, there are probably more software engineers there than in the whole of the UK. A friend of mine visited Sham Chun Hui (just across the water from Hong Kong) around 1983, he told me it was just a poor scrubby town and had a population of around 30,000 ...its now called Shenzhen! Technology was the name of the game back then, but Hollingbury lost out to Margaret Thatcher's financial and service industry Britain!

By Peter Groves (20/05/2016)