Coldean

A potted history

Reproduced with permission from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990

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Photo:A modern view of the Parkside Estate, Park Road, Coldean

A modern view of the Parkside Estate, Park Road, Coldean

Photo by Chris Webb

This page was added on 04/02/2007.
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My father, Jack Spicer helped to build those houses at Coldean. I can remember him working on the ones shown. He was a rope scaffolder, an occupation not seen anywhere nowadays. I've commented on it elsewhere within these columns, he being out of work many times due to the lapse between scaffolding and the start of another building. Bricklaying appeared to be the most profitable - if a man could "get in" on it! Round about 1936?

By Ron Spicer (03/07/2008)

My parents lived at No.12, the house on the corner with the big garden, from 1967-77, after inheriting it from my paternal grandad. He was there when I was a child, so it was perhaps late 1940s, early 1950s.

By Anita (10/08/2008)

Turn right here and you're in Rushlake Road. First house on the right was named Pernois, the home of my granparents Isobel and Arthur Best and their daughter Marjorie (my mum). The house was named, I believe, after the place where my grandad was wounded in WW1. Arthur was a long time employee of Allen West as was my father Peter Johnson who married Marjorie.

By Brian Johnson (15/02/2011)

My mum and her brother moved into Coldean from Bexhill in 1935,  moving into number 27 Park Road with their parents Ruth and Albert Franklin. I came onto the scene by adoption late 1956 (I was born in May of that year in Windlesham, Surrey). My sister Sheila (who was born in Horsham) was adopted in 1959 (being born in July of that year).  About that time we moved to number 37 Park Road where I continued to reside up to 1981.  My father, Les Norman, a Boys' Brigade Officer (13th Brighton Company, now closed), passed away in 1983, after which time my Nan Ruth Franklin moved in with Mum at number 37, my Grandfather, Albert Franklin, died in the late 1960s. Number 35 Park Road was where the Ollingtons resided with their son Richard (who was my Sunday School teacher in the 1960s at Lewes Road Congregational Church, now a housing association complex opposite Melbourne Street on the Lewes Road). At number 39 resided the Hutchings family. At 34 Park Road were the Truelegh (I cannot spell their name sorry) family, at 36 was Nancy and Sam White. At number 40 were the Dargonnes. I think at number 42 lived the Hutchings married daughter Margaret Pearce with her husband David.  In the late '60s my fraternal Grandparents Harry and Bessie Norman moved from The Avenue, Moulsecoomb with their teacher/daughter my Aunt Betty to number 26 Coldean Lane.  This house was sold around 2007 when Betty passed away. My mother moved from 37 Park Road in 1994/96 to Mandalay Court, Withdean, she sadly passed away in August last year. My Grandfather, Harry Norman was well-known in Boys' Brigade Circles, Captaining the 13th Brighton through the 1940s and 1950s. I myself have served as a BB Officer in the 29th Hove (1992/94) Hounsom Memorial Church Hove. 13th Brighton (1995-2000) Lewes Road URC. 22nd Hove (2000-2003) Portland Road Methodist Church.  Currently (Since 2009) in the 26th Boys' Brigade/Girls' Association St Andrews CofE Moulsecoomb. I have renewed a limited attachment to Coldean by attending St Mary Magdalene Church this year.

By David Norman (09/07/2016)

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