Welcome to Hollingbury
Your editor for Hollingbury, Coldean and Stanmer is Geoffrey Mead. If you’ve got any queries about this area, or can add any information, photos or memories, please send My Brighton and Hove a message via the Comments form at the bottom of this page.
Hollingbury is a complex area to describe and the more so as it is not seen as a ‘sexy’ area such as North Laine or Hanover. The area sits high on a hill side (like much of Brighton!) across the north of the city with Patcham down in the valley to the west, Coldean ditto on the east and the by-pass forming the northern limit. To the south it slides imperceptively into leafy Surrenden and the busy Fiveways shopping area.
What are the benefits of this suburban hill location? The views are what sells it to everyone. There are great downland landscapes, taking in Stanmer Woods, the Chattri and the Devil’s Dyke. We enjoy walks in the Woods or over the Camp. In the autumn, with the valley full of swirling mist, we feel like an offshore island. There are three pubs, ranging from council estate ‘colourful’ to suburban ‘Essex Girl’ clientele; a good library; a super bus service and ASDA on the doorstep! Best of all it has Brighton and Hove’s friendliest and most honest car repairer – Bells Garage!