Parents moved here in 1951
I was born in Rushlake Road and I lived there until I got married. My parents moved into Coldean in 1951 when the house was newly built; they were there until they died. My father was a watchmaker and lived in that house for nearly sixty years. It was amazing how the neighbours seldom changed. All the people around where I lived only left when they died. I have two sisters and an elder brother. We all attended Coldean school. My elder brother and sister subsequently went to Moulsecoomb school. My parents would not let myself or my younger sister go there. So I went to Patcham Fawcett and my sister to Stanmer.
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Woods and green spaces
I worked at Allen West, as did a lot of other Coldean people. Later I also worked briefly at K.T.M. and Wade engineering at Hollingbury. The demise of these local firms affected many local people in Coldean and indeed other estates badly. It was a nice estate for children to grow up. There were plenty of woods and green spaces. However there was very little for the teens. It was not the most sociable of estates; it could have done with a social club which some of the other areas had. However it was mostly full of nice people and I have some wonderful memories.