Coldean is a suburb of Brighton and Hove, England. It is situated in a steep sided valley ("dean" is Anglo-Saxon for valley) on the extreme north-east of the city. It is surrounded by the Wild Park, the Ditchling Road ridge and the estate of Stanmer Park.
Saint Mary Magdalene Church
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On its southern border, where it abuts Lewes Road, there is an expanse of urban parkland. Until the early 1990s, this was the main A27 road, although this number and trunk status has since been allocated to the "Brighton bypass" relief road, a short distance to the north of the old road.
There is a small primary school with morning and afternoon nursery classes. The local church is called St Mary Magdalene and is involved with the local community (the current Priest is The Reverend Betsy Gray-Hammond) and a care home for elderly and long term sick patients. There is a small post office/newsagent, convenience store/chemist, hairdressers and doctors surgery just off Hawkhurst Road, which is on the main bus route through Coldean. Bus numbers 24, 26 and 46 stop regular and all go into town. Bus N25 runs through the night to provide the student residents of Varley Halls with a direct link to the city centre overnight.
There used to be a pub upon entry from the Lewes Road, The Hikers Rest which served food and had a car park and beer garden. There is a fast food outlet selling Pizza, Kebabs, Burgers, Fish & Chips amongst other foods next door to the pub and also on Park Road there is a second convenience store, bookmakers, newsagent and a private dental technician. A library opened in late July 2008 and provides a base for community meetings, a monthly councillor surgery and housing information, as well a stock of fiction, non-fiction, local history and children's resources.
Coldean is referenced in the chapter "The Concluding Chaotic Conundrum of the Coldean Cat" of the fantasy novel The Brightonomicon.
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