Do You Remember

Do you remember the trolley buses that ran around Brighton in the 50s and 60s. powerful buses that were quiet and pollution free with a network of overhead wires to pick up their power. With a central terminus at the Old Steine their routes radiated out to Hollingbury, Western Rd, and up Elm Grove. I remember them all lined up in the Brighton Corporation depot in Lewes Rd and in the winter when the overhead wires were covered in frost watch the sparks coming off the pickup arms.

Lewes Rd Depot

 Lewes Rd Depot


 The Old Steine Terminus

b1Old Steine Again


363a Carden Avenue     

Do you have memories of the trolley buses?

post a comment here or send your pictures to me at

If you would like to see and read more about the history of the trolley bus go to David Bradley’s wonderful site here



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Were you in this class with Gordon

Are you here

Are you here

Hi, I’ve just come across your Coldean website and think I can contribute a little to the movie films you have there. My name is Gordon Heritage and our house was in Selham Close, the back of which was behind the shops in the film. The garden in which the children are playing was indeed owed by the Elmes family. There were 2 boys, Gregory and Michael and, maybe a daughter, Linda, but I’m not certain about her.

I’ve attached a picture of class 1A at Coldean Primary school from (according to the writing on the back) July 1961. The teacher then would be Miss Kerridge and the Headmaster, Mr. A.F.Burrows. I am on the back row next to Mr. Burrows and, I am fairly sure, the lad next to me is the aforementioned, Michael Elmes. 

Best Wishes

Gordon Heritage.

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Coldean Colts

 Coldean Colts

As we come to the end of the season we would like to give our thanks to our sponsors for all their support.

Chris Gorringe Roofing, K&B Roofing, Thatcher Property Maintenance.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring any of the teams for the forthcoming season please contact Phill at  or phone him on 01273 685704

We would like also to give a big thank you to all our volunteers who are a really important part of the club, and more are always welcome. if you would like to become a voluteer please get in touch with Phill.

Last seasons under 12’s side just missed out on a promotion, coming third in the league. The colsulation was that they won the Lewes Bridge View Soccer Tournament.

We are very proud of our under 9’s for an outstanding season, and continue to grow into a very good team. Our under 13’s team did very well, improving through last season, and are looking to fight for promotion in the coming year.

Once again, many thanks to everyone who has been involved with the Coldean Colts and helped to make the club a great success.

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Local History

Ancient Coldean

Many of the gardens in Coldean are likely to produce archaeological evidence for activities in the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods. When the Coldean estate was being built workmen found ditches dating from the Roman times, and an Iron Age round house was uncovered in the Nanson Road area. The excavations at Varley Halls found a Bronze Age settlement consisting of ditches and house terraces cut into the side of the steep hill. There was also a child burial.

In the early part of 2009 the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society conducted a watching brief on a new house extension in Wolseley Road, as part of a planning condition. The house extension trenches found nothing but building rubble from the original house construction, but in the garden the cutting for a soakaway revealed a new ditch.

The house owner allowed the BHAS Field Unit to open a small trench, about 2 metres long and 1 metre wide to investigate another section of the ditch. The finds from this small section included cattle bone, flint flakes, fire-cracked flint (from a possible hearth) and cream ware pottery that probably comes form kilns in the Chailey area. The ditch appears to going in a direction would link it to another ditch found in the 1950’s excavation which included in its fill a cremation urn burial. Both ditches are dated to the first century A.D.

A student from Sussex University, with BHAS support, has conducted some resistivity surveying in the fields to the west of the pathway that links Varley Halls to Stanmer Great Wood. The results of the survey show a number of interesting anomalies that may prove to be part of the ancient settlement. One feature may prove be the location of a ploughed out burial mound or tumulus.

John Funnell (Archaeological Co-ordinator Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society)

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News from Larchwood Community Cafe

The latest news on your very own community cafe at new Larchwood is exciting great plans are afoot.

On Monday afternoon we have an art class that has received new funding and we are hoping to welcome new members. the group hopes to hold its own Open house event later in the spring. Tutor Emily is funded by the Friends Meeting house and is very skilled . People are invited to drop in to join in or just watch and use the cafe facilities.

The cafe is also open on wednesday morning from 10am till 1pm. At both of these sessions there will be booksale/swap in aid of a local concern,the City Cat Shelter. This will be an ongoing attraction. We hope that those visiting the new doctor’s surgery will take advantage of the cafe’s facilities on the day.

The Friends of Coldean also meet every 2-3 weeks on Tuedays at 2-4pm, a local group formed for the purpose of arranging trips, taking part in activities and studying the history of Coldean. the group would like to welcome new members and is planning to set up a stall giving information about itself and fund- raising for forthcoming activities at the Coldean festival in August.

A new menu will be available shortly with health options. We are also hoping to offer in due couse food made with home grown organic vegetables from our own community allotment.

We hope to see you soon at the cafe and would also welcome volunteers to help. Our cafe is about us, the people of Coldean – please take time to make it a success.

Jean Thomas.

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Show us your funny animal videos

Don’t forget to let us have funny pictures or videos of your pets

They could appear here on the web site like this!


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Local History Video

Just found this 1962 clip from a family film in Coldean, now on YouTube. Anyone know who these people are? Recognise any of the places or changes over time?

Anyone else got old family photos or videos they want to share that show scenes from Coldean?


Geoff White says he may have solved who is in the video, Mr Elmes who ran the Scout club at the church, here is another video what do you think?

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