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In your street: A very happy mix on a popular street in Hanover
12:00pm Sunday 28th July 2013 in News
This narrow Hanover street has a vibrant atmosphere and a collection of bright, pastel-coloured houses.
After speaking to residents of Coleman Street it becomes clear the road’s best quality is its strong neighbourly ethos.
One of the road’s biggest advocates is Maureen Shariff, having lived in the street for three years.
She said: “I’d only just arrived in the street a day before going on holiday and I had two cats to care for.
“By the time I had moved in two people were already offering to look after them. Just within hours of moving in they were volunteering to help out. It was a nice welcome for me.”
A testament to its close community, Coleman Street residents have welcomed an eclectic mix of people, from all different walks of life, with open arms.
Maureen continued: “The road isn’t big on street parties but anyone having a house party is always very considerate.
The students add life and diversity so I am really happy to have them here.
“Plus they keep the three pubs down the road going,” she joked.
Despite seemingly being tucked away in the hills of Hanover, the street finds itself in a convenient location just ten minutes away from all Brighton city centre has to offer.
In addition, it’s within touching distance to Hanover’s village community, pubs, corner shops and Annunciation church.
The street also has a hidden but artistic history to mirror the colourful painted houses it presents today.
Brighton-born illustrator Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, who lived from 1872 to 1898, attended the church of the Annunciation during his school days at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School – the old BHASVIC.
His famous black ink drawings were influenced in style by Japanese woodcuts and played on the “grotesque, the decadent and the erotic.
He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A McNeill Whistler.
Today, the church now has a nursery.
Alongside is a private snooker club – an attraction which proves popular with a large proportion of the gentlemen of the road.
Rosanna Gentle, who only moved into Coleman Street six months ago, currently studies International Business and Spanish at the University of Brighton.
She said: “I couldn’t have chosen a better place to live. The community feel of Coleman Street is fantastic – it’s something I particularly love.
“You can’t walk down the street without bumping into neighbours or friends who you’ve met at the local.
Everyone is so friendly and helpful and there are plenty of house parties to enjoy.”
Like most streets though, Coleman Street does have a few things which ruffle the feathers of its residents – not least the seagulls and rubbish.
Rosanna said: “I dislike the community bins and I also believe there is a lack of recycling collections, plus the seagulls acting as my alarm at silly o’clock in the morning.
“However I assume the whole of Brighton is in the same boat with the seagulls, although it has been quite sweet to see the chicks grow and make their first flights.”
Despite their period features and narrow exteriors, the properties have plenty of space inside and even though some aspects of Coleman Street retain quirks of the past, today it is certainly moving with the times.
The road was built during Victorian times with some houses stretching back as far as the 1880s.
Other residents who live away from the bins have applauded their presence, describing them as “good at preventing seagulls from getting to the rubbish because of the heavy lids.”
Younger generations are continuing to move to the street because of the student housing with some properties boasting between four and five student residents.
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