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I would love to see photos of my old infant school, St Joesphs School, Davey Drive, please. Thank you

By Bridget (24/09/2007)

Bridget - I am going to research an article for Hollingdean News soon on St. Josephs, so hopefully we can find some photos to put here for you. Which years did you attend there? You can contact me via

By Joy Whittam (24/10/2007)

Does anyone have any memories to share of The Talbot Tool Company in Roedale Road? I worked there in the mid 60s until we all moved to KDL Works on Crowhurst Road, leaving in 1968. The works in Roedale Road always seemed to have a good atmosphere.

By Leslie Carter (19/02/2012)

Re: Talbot Tool Co. 1952 (Tools and Bushings) My first job! Mr. Bennett and Mr. Griffin were owners. I worked in the office on Roedale Rd. We had contracts from DeHavilland Aircraft, Roe aircraft and many others! It was a great place!Left there in 1956. Got married, came to live in the US, been here since! I come 'home' often and will go past the old factory and wonder about those I worked with.

By Thelma (nee Kerridge) MCDONOUGH (03/04/2013)

I worked at the Talbot Tool Co in the upstairs sales office - would be about 1960 - I met my first wife there. It always smelt of fresh polish when you went in the front door. Tony Griffin ran the sales office upstairs and Mr Bennett had his office on the ground floor.

By Dennis Fielder (04/04/2013)

I am looking at buying a property in Hollingdean but have had mixed reviews about the area. Do people who live/lived there see it as a safe area to live? Are there lots of students living there? Thanks

By sarah (29/05/2013)

As Professor Joad put it...'It all depends on what you mean by Hollingdean'. It is a diverse area, 1920s terraces in the south [my mum grew up in those] with some 1930s semis rising north of 'The Dip'. Pre-war terraces to the west rising to Ditchling Rd [although estate agents will call those 'Fiveways']. Early 1950s flats in Stephens Rd and in Davey Drive originally housed families from the slum clearance around the New England area [my uncle and auntie], and 1970s private housing around Brentwood in the north and down towards the railway line and Moulsecoomb Station. Late 20th century Housing Association and others infill areas in the north. Many students rent because of its physical proximity to Brighton University and the rail link to Sussex, as well as a frequent bus service. As with all areas there are some parts less salubrious than others and some roads regularly feature in The Argus crime reports! However, there was a nice farmers' market type event in The Dip before Xmas which brought out the Hollingdean middle classes in bulk! Ditto the organic gardening events in the summer at Lynchet Close. You need to take a field trip and wander around the area and see for yourself. The physical attractions of the area, bordering the National Park and with access to Hollingbury Camp, Burstead Woods and Hollingbury Woods should not be underestimated.

By Geoffrey Mead (30/05/2013)

Thank you, I have done that and personally really like the area but I have only lived in Brighton for six months, renting in the centre. I like up around Brentwood Road and Lynchet Close- the open space behind and views are just stunning. House prices also seem much more reasonable than many other parts of Brighton! I suppose my main concern with not knowing the area is if there is much crime in the location- some people I work with seem to think I would be mad to buy there, others say it's ok but I was hoping some locals to the area could give me their opinion.

By Sarah (06/06/2013)

There is much myth and nonsense talked about estates such as Hollingdean (in the trade we call them 'periphereal estates'); they are supposed to mimic the social mores of the so-called 'inner-city'. These are generally broad reaching generalisations. The more people treat an area as their home and participate in the activities and life of any community, the more the good of that area will be apparent. Brighton has a very high proportion of rented property, a large transient population and low educational attainment areas, with a weak, often seasonal employment sector, which can exacerbate difficulties and lead to some areas gaining a 'reputation' . This is often a single street or block of flats which can stigmatise a whole estate, unfairly. If you do move into Hollingdean then 'The Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods are always looking out for volunteers!...and you get a cup of tea and several biscuits out in the woods on work days!

By Geoffrey Mead (07/06/2013)

Regarding Talbot Tool Co; my father, John Cooke (now 96), worked for the company from the mid 1950s up until his retirement in the 1980s. By that time, the factory had moved from Roedale Road to the Hollingbury industrial estate. My mother, Peggy Lennon, also worked there in the mid 50s and that is where she met my father. The people that I remember from my childhood visits were Ellen Fleckner (auntie Ellen!) who worked in the kitchen (she made the best apple pie that I have ever eaten), Jack, who had lost a leg in a war and used a crutch to support himself. I also recall Bill Beech and 'Wally' who drove a green van. I notice that, My Brighton & Hove, has a page about the Hollingbury Industrial Estate so some of the information on this page crosses over.

By Kevin Cooke (22/06/2015)