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Photo of Coleman Street, Hanover, Brighton, May 2000
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  • I have relatives that lived at 50 Coleman Street including Lucy Chapman, and Charles and Caroline Warr, who cared for my grandfather when he was young. I would be interested if anyone knew of these names in Brighton.

    By Clair (15/03/2009)
  • The blue house is where I live and have done since the photo was taken.

    By Jon (11/06/2009)
  • My grandparents, Henry and Emily Steer lived at 19 Coleman Street from 1896-1947. Is it still standing? My grandfather gave his address when he married as The Annunciation, Brighton. Does anyone know anthing of interest to me as family history or any knowledge as to why my grandfather gave The Annunciation as his address. Hostel for homeless men?

    By Gordon W Hatchett (03/04/2010)
  • I’ve soon to be living on this street – very excited about it indeed!

    By Tom Matthews (23/07/2010)
  • I lived at 18 Coleman Street from 1945 until 1967. I often wonder what happened to Brian Coppard, Alan Riley and Micky Smith? I moved to Chester in 1982 along with my wife Carol. (My dear old nan also used to live at 72 Coleman Street, her surname was in fact Coldman.)

    By Peter Upton (04/04/2011)
  • My Great Great Grandparents lived at number 31 Coleman Street, they were ‘the Coppards’ – George Coppard being the father of my great grandmother Mary Georgina who married my great Grandfather George Tennent who was living at number 85 Coleman Street. They married in the parish church in September 1875. Does anyone have any information at all who might have been living at No. 85 Coleman Street at that time – 1875. I would appreciate hearing from you.

    By Maureen Binstead (31/07/2011)
  • Gordon, my husband’s grandmother was Charlotte Emma Steer, married Allen Stoner and lived at 20 Coleman Street in 1906, as did a lot of other Steers. My husband lived at 24 and 29 Coleman Street in the 1940s. Contact me at if you would like to share information on the Steers.

    By Irene Collins (07/04/2012)
  • Gordon, the Annunciation Church was in or near Coleman Street. Charlotte’s father Thomas is Henry’s brother. 

    By Irene (09/04/2012)
  • My first memory is of Colman Street. I was three years old and it was VE day, there was a party in the street, bring your own chair, and sheets covered the tables. Cannot remember what we ate, it could not have been much with rationing and eggs in short supply. In the evening there were bonfires in the street and fireworks, can you imagine that now? I lived at 15 next door to Brian Coppard and almost opposite Micky Smith and at 14 was Jimmy Hagen. My great grandmother Annie Spencer moved there about 1911 and my gran Alice Haines took it over. I lived there from 1942-1947 but returned often until the 1970s when my uncle sold it.

    By Richard Black (25/05/2012)
  • I lived in Coleman Street from 1976-1983 and loved it. My next door neighbour had lived in Coleman Street since she was born (in 1900). She was outraged at being forced to have an indoor loo installed, believing an outdoor loo to be healthier. Our local was the Golden Cross pub (corner of Coleman and Southover Streets, now The Geese). In those days it was run by the fondly remembered Chas and Laura Smith, who were lovely people to have as neighbours. Their lunchtime sausage-inna-bun was to die for!

    By Gill Wales (17/11/2012)
  • I was born at nunber 5 Coleman Street and left when I got married in 1967 but returned and lived at number 17 briefly. Then we spread our wings and moved to New Malden in Surrey.

    By Brian Schooley (22/04/2013)
  • I lived at number 49 with my sister, Pauline when we were ‘growing up’, probably from 1950 to 1959, directly opposite the Chapmans at number 50. There was a sweet shop on the Islingwood Road corner owned by Charlie Chase (an ex Albion player, I think) – I remember having to take coupons to get 3d worth of sweets. The people that I remember were, Alan Riley, who I think lived in the general store in the street, Micky Rumble who had a couple of brothers, (Graham and John), Rodney Attwater, Peter Upton and Brian Coppard.

    Happy days, I had some great times there.



    By Richard Howell (15/01/2014)
  • I have just discovered this very interesting site, and have spent a good while browsing it today.  I lived at no 28 from when I was born in 1957 to 1978 when I married.  I do recall the name ‘Coppard’, and do think there was a Renee Coppard?  I fondly knew her as ‘auntie Rene’.  She helped my mum with my birthday parties as I remember.  My mum (Dorothy Wyatt) and her five brothers and sisters were all brought up at 28 over a long period.  Mum was born in 1919.  a cousin of mine has said that during WW2, the top back bedroom was an ideal place for him to watch the planes fly over the Level!  The houses of the area during the 50s and 60s were not known to be such an affluent area as they are today but it was home to me and I have very fond memories.  I wonder if anyone, like my mum did, keeps frogs in the window space below the ground level?  Don’t think she kept a pond there though! 

    By Julia Wickens (nee Morgan) (16/02/2016)
  • My dad Fred Piercey lived in Coleman Street from the early 1940s. His mum and dad were Harry and Ethel Piercey. Does anyone remember them?

    By Karen Piercey (30/01/2017)
  • My parents lived in no 94 – Susan and Bob Henson. I was almost born on Rene and George’s bed when my mother was in labour and waiting for an ambulance !

    By Graham Henson (07/03/2018)
  • The sweet shop on the corner of Islingword Road and Coleman street was called Rita’s in 1960 when my late mum Josie Leeves was the owner until around 1964.we formerly at 96 Washington Street next door to the church.

    By Jonathan Leeves (21/02/2019)
  • Bit of a long shot but when I was 6 (now 69) years old, in 1956/7, my parents Chris and Lois Lade owned a grocer’s shop at 61 Coleman Street, Brighton. I have no memory of it or photos and just wondered if anyone could help with a photo or any knowledge of the shop. Thanks in anticipation

    By Nick Lade (26/02/2020)

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