Tales of shops, coaches, soldiers and hangings in 19th century Horsham

In January 1911, the West Sussex County Times published a lengthy letter from an unnamed man who signed off as ‘Nobody’. His letter looked back at the early 19th century, sharing tales of the ‘considerable’ amount of stage coach traffic, soldiers, the lack of ready made goods in shops, pub fights, destructive storms, imprisonments, executions and murders. These are his words.

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Melanie Jones, 8, admires the Cuckfield jubilee decorations

Egg cups and ale for jubilee in 1977

There was a definite party feel about 1977.

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The 1977 walk

Nursery has taken tots on sponsored walks for 41 years

There’s nothing quite so likely to annoy a parent than messing with their child’s education.

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The Queen in 1974 at the show

50 years of the South of England Show

Isabel Gander on half a century of the South of England Show at Ardingly.

An engraving of the court at Chichester Cathedral, engraved by R H Nibbs in 1860, and inset, author Peter Wilkinson. Pictures: West Sussex Record Office

Witchcraft and road rage found in 400-year-old court records

Road rage and witchcraft are among the fascinating court records from the early 1600s which have been translated in a new book.

Henfield fun runners tackle a tricky part of the course

Fun run and football made for energetic summer in 2002

Summer 2002 was a busy old time for the people of Henfield, especially those of an energetic nature.


Who was Jennifer who went to the flicks with Hazel (and no boys)?

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Jennifer, who had a friend called Hazel Remnant.

Bramber Street

Decorated Bramber-born war hero

14349 Private Stanley Joseph Elliott Townsend, 9th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

The approach to the former Bramber Railway Station

Railway talk will close the season

Railways, past and present, will be the subject of the next talk at Beeding and Bramber Local History Society.

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Upper Beeding School 2002

Cheeky little monkeys of 2002 are all grown up now

Here are a few pictures from 15 years ago.

A soaking for the headteacher

A wet day in the bright sun

The year was 2002, the month was July – so naturally everyone was a bit worried it would rain on the St Peter’s School fete, in Henfield.

Depiction of the Good Friday foot race c1879

Foot power instead of horse power – a tale of two Good Fridays

This Easter, the streets of Horsham will be throbbing with horsepower as Ferraris tour the Carfax.

Teachers dressed up for World Book Day at Thakeham First School in 1991

Rainbows, skeletons, some cakes and Violet Elizabeth Bott in 1991

A few blasts from the past.

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Southwater fun run 1994

All sorts of sports in 1994

The year was 1994. Forrest Gump and The Lion King were the big cinema hits, Barbara Windsor made her EastEnders debut as Peggy Mitchell, and the opening of the Channel Tunnel brought relief to all sea-sick ferry travellers.

Francis Thompson

Jack the Ripper and muttering poet – were they one and the same?

A new book asks whether the most famous serial killer in the world – Jack the Ripper – was actually Francis Thompson, an eccentric poet who came to Storrington the year after the Whitechapel killings came to an end

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The stars of Autowelds Chitty Chitty Bang Bang float waved to the crowds along the route

All the fun of the 40th Horsham Festival

The Horsham Festival proved that life begins at 40 when it attracted 35,000 people to its ruby anniversary on what turned out to be the hottest day of 1994.

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Pam Bergin, Luke Sarjant, Ben Rose and Claire West, on the Southwater Infants School float at the carnival in 1994

Wee Willie Winkie ran through the town and raised £7,000

The year was 1994 and Wee Willie Winkie, Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep were helping to raise £7,000 for schools in Southwater.
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Haigh being led from Horsham town hall in 1949

‘He asked around for a tub that could hold acid’

John George Haigh and the acid bath murders have been a stain on Sussex history for 70 years.

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Apple howling hullabaloo in 2001

Have you ever heard of apple howling?


Decorated Small Dole war hero

Obed Wood was awarded a Silver War Badge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal in a distinguished military career.

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