Geoffrey's 2010 Tour of Brighton and Hove

Hartfield Avenue

By Geoffrey Mead

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Photo:Hartfield Avenue, Hollingbury

Hartfield Avenue, Hollingbury

Photo by Geoffrey Mead

A nice suburban street

This is where I live and have done for nearly 20 years. A nice quiet suburban street constructed in 1946/7 to house workers on the nearby, new, Hollingbury industrial estate. We are nearly 500 feet up on the western side of Hollingbury Hill so we have a lovely view westward over the London Road valley, and the sunsets are fantastic.

A close community

As a geographer/geologist our garden soil is chalk at base with a hill wash of clay-with-flints so it is heavy and more acid than many gardens on the chalk, but enriched with my compost. This is an area of long standing families, next door when we moved in was the widow of the estate policeman, she moved there in 1947.

We can walk to the beach in 45 mins and we are 20 minutes from the Fiveways shops and Mr Raven’s bakery. Perfection.


Hartfield Avenue

This page was added on 20/06/2010.
Comments about this page

Thank you, Geoffrey, for your tour. I grew up in Rotherfield Crescent having moved there at the age of three in 1949. I smiled at the comments about chalk soil as I well remember the efforts my parents put into our garden against all 'chalky' odds. You also reminded me of flints and the piece I found that could well have been a real arrow head. The boy next door took a shine to it, asked if he could borrow it and I never saw it again! Our house was in the middle section of Rotherfield Crescent and the veiw from our back window on the landing was of Chanctonbury Ring. Always held a mysterious fascination for me and in later years heard some fascinating tales about the place. With regards to your neighbour and her policeman husband, am curious to know more about her. We were freinds with a family from my mothers stage connections since before I was born. I remember their house well in Hartfield Avenue as we visited them many times there. We also went there the day of the Coronation in '52, with a whole bunch of others, because we were not having a television set at that time. Still a luxury for that time. Will you please email me as I know all their names but I am not sure I should publish their names here. I would love to know if the lady is still alive if indeed we are talking about the same people. Many thanks, Sandra.

By Sandra (26/06/2010)

Hello Geoffrey, I realise I forgot to add my email address in case you are willing to contact me privately as written above. Address as follows:  Thank you.

By Sandra (29/06/2010)

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