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Nettleton Court and Dudeney Lodge, in Hollingdean. A landmark pair of council tower blocks in the east of Brighton, visible from many parts of the city. The gabled brick building in front is the Downs Junior School, originally a boarding school.

Hollingdean is a district in the city of Brighton & Hove. The Ward is called Hollingdean and Stanmer with a population of 15,681 at the 2011 Census.[1]

Hollingdean is in effect the older part of Hollingbury. It is bounded by Ditchling Road to the west, the Round Hill area to the south, and Lewes Road and Moulsecoomb to the east. It is a mainly residential area, with many council houses to the east, with late 19th and early 20th-century terraced houses towards Fiveways, and some railway land, light industry,and warehousing.


Hollingdean Community Centre

Hollingdean Community Centre is on Thompson Road to the east of the area. It is run by the Hollingdean Development Trust and used for community activities and meetings and available for hire. Regular events include fitness classes. On Thursdays the volunteer run Hollingbean Cafe is organised by the Real Junk Food project http://www.realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk/ - offering meals made from food that would otherwise go to waste on a pay as you feel basis.

Shops Local shops are found in the area known as 'The Dip' The Post Office is currently closed, there are corner shops, a café, pharmacy, funeral director's and some takeaways. There is also a parade of shops on Davey Drive.

A volunteer run community wholefood shop - Hollingdean Wholefoods is open daily at Coachwerks in Hollingdean Terrace.

Transport The area is served by the Number 50 bus route to Churchill Square and the University of Sussex.

Open Space The area also has access to the edge of the South Downs National Park, with footpaths through Hollingbury Woods and to Hollingbury Hill Fort - which sits in the middle of a golf course. There are three allotment sites in the area - Lower Roedale, Roedale Valley and Thompson Road. There is a public park with children's play area on Lynchet Close.

Children and Schools There is a Sure Start Children's Centre on Lynchet Close, with a volunteer run cafe and public toilets and nursery. The schools in Hollingdean are Hertford Infants, Hertford Juniors, Cedar Centre Special School, and Pupil Referral Centre.


Following boundary changes in January 2019, St Matthias Church on Ditchling Road is the parish church of Hollingdean. St Richards on The Crossway was deconsecrated in 2013. The hall is used for events - in particular an annual Christmas Fayre - the Holly Jolly. Local information Volunteers produce and distribute a quarterly newsletter Hollingdean News delivered to 3000 addresses across the city. Hollingdean News also has a website - http://www.hollingdeannews.org.uk/.

Notes, references, and links[edit]

  1. ^ "Brighton and Hove Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  • [1] BBC story about waste disposal
  • [2] Polly Toynbee on Sure Start in Hollingdean
  • [3] Brighton and Hove Crime Reduction Partnership on Hollingdean Neighbourhood
  • [4] Local newsletter - Hollingdean News
  • Timothy Carder (1990). The Encyclopedia of Brighton. East Sussex County Libraries. ISBN 0-86147-315-9

Coordinates: 50°50′38″N 0°07′50″W / 50.84389°N 0.13056°W / 50.84389; -0.13056