What was Coldean like in 1939? A registration of the civilian population in England and Wales was taken in 1939.
Recollections of a Stanmer Farmer, Mr Albert West, whose family farmed at Stanmer from c1900.
A MYSTERY SOLVED
We have received two queries about Bevendean during the war and soon after, relating to an aerial photograph taken by the RAF in Bevendean.
The buildings were linked Anderson Air Raid Shelters.
The cross is restored to the roof of St Mary Magdalen Church at Coldean in December 2018.
Revd Martin Powell licensed as Priest in Charge of Moulsecoomb in December 2018.
Steve Hazell memories of Bevendean, he was born on 11 August 1951 in Hornby Road, Lower Bevendean.
Additional photographs have been added to the page of photographs of Moulsecoomb Place.
Bob Wakelin was born in West Street, Brighton, and moved to Bevendean in 1948, he lived at No. 7 Norwich Drive. Plus a comment from Geoff Lindfield added September 2018.
John Funnell who worked for Brighton Sheet Metal Company for 44 years writes about his memories of working there, following the closure of the company in March 2018. See the Estate Factories section.
In January 1947 Brighton Council drew up plans to build 13 blocks of flats in Heath Hill Avenue. They were never built and the land was used for a row of self-build bungalows once the pre-fabs had been demolished.
Information from Beverley Webster, nee Feast, whose father Len was the chairman of the Apex Self-Builders in Heath Hill Avenue.
The Bates Estate was built on land formerly used as a Nursery by members of the Bates family, including plans and photographs from 1953 to 2018.
Brett Marchant's grandfather, William Marchant is in a photo dated the 4th September 1953, where men are laying new roads on the Bevendean Estate.
Aerial Views of the Avenue
Photographs of the Avenue were taken from an aeroplane in December 1932.
Ownership of Bevendean Farm
The pre-1945 estate page now has more information on the ownership of Bevendean Farm from 1698 and a link to the Auction Sale Catalogue for the Upper and Lower Bevendean Estates in 1912.
The Recipes can be found in the Farm section and the Original Press Release is now at the bottom of the news page.
The section Bevendean in the 21st century will contain information on Bevendean from the year 2000.
Beyond Bevendean now contains information on the Parish of Falmer since Bevendean was in the Parish of Falmer until 1931. It also contains information on Moulsecoomb, Coldean and Stanmer can also be found in this section.
The Bevendean History Booklet was published in 2014
A copy of the booklet is available for a small donation from the LECCA Cafe in Leybourne Road, Lower Bevendean. http://leccacafe.co.uk
Alternatively you can use the contact form on the website.