Fascinating Tudor map shows changing face of Sussex

A beautifully illustrated map of Sussex during the Tudor era is among a collection of 400-year-old drawings published this month. The maps were created by cartographer and antiquarian John Speed (1552–1629), and have been published by Batsford in a book called Britain’s Tudor Maps.

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Kiddies from 2001 are all grown up

There’s nothing quite as likely to make you feel old than realising the youngsters in these pictures from 2001 are now all grown up – and some may even have kiddies of their own.


Road safety and the fun of the fete in 1975

As youth club fetes go, the one held in Pulborough in 1975 was something of an epic.

Horsham Rugby Club under 8s 1984

Meet the mudlarks, rugby princes of 1984

Little boys and mud go together like bangers and mash, cheese and crackers, Ant and Dec.

Liza McKinney at the Beagle Aircraft factory exhibition, held at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham until October 31

COUNTY NEWS: Beagle aircraft factory remembered in new exhibit

It was a revival of the golden age of aviation and a local industry that created more than 1,000 jobs in a West Sussex town.

Galactic Funk Masters in 1984

So THIS is where Peter Crouch got his robot dance!

Despite the best efforts of footballer Peter Crouch during his goal celebrations, the robot dance hasn’t really been ‘a thing’ since the 1980s.

Horsham's police officers in 1969

Police, charity and a blind poet in 1969

The year was 1969, peace and love was about to find a home in Woodstock, Neil Armstrong was moments away from taking that first step onto the surface of the Moon – and four new policeman were taking to the beat in Horsham.

Andrea Lynch at Cranleigh Middle School in 1976

Raising cash for Olympians in 1976

For Great Britain, the Olympics used to be simple – a few people would win our handful of medals and the country as a whole would be somewhat under-whelmed by the whole experience.


A magical cricket day out in 1896

In July 1896, the Sussex and London press reported the story of a visit that summer to Warnham Lodge by 600 Christ’s Hospital boys, staff and beadles from London. This may have appeared a little odd at the time as the school had not moved to Horsham, nor had it even been built.

The People of Beeding and Bramber in the Great War

Villagers’ lives in Great War explored in new book

Beeding and Bramber Local History Society has published a new book about people from the area who played their part in the First World War.

Victory Road school fire 1940

‘They didn’t save the cane, did they?’

There are always many questions to ask following a major fire – what caused it? Is everyone safe? How much damage was there?

Evacuees from Leytonstone arriving in Itchingfield in 1940

A home from home for World War Two evacuees

It’s hard to imagine how frightening it must have been for children who had to be evacuated during the Second World War.

Farm worker George Harding, of Lower Beeding, was over 80-years-old in 1934

Sussex life through George’s very old lens

They say a picture speaks 1,000 words – but when that picture was taken by a truly talented photographer it speaks 10,000 words.

Royal Sussex Regiment 'Lowther's Lambs' Battalion Officers at Cooden 1915.

Letters home from horrors of World War One

More than one million men were killed or wounded during the Battle of the Somme and thousands more taken prisoner.

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Horse gets a treat at Sheps the newsagents, in North Street

Work of William Albery and a horse doing a spot of window shopping

With over 10,000 books to look through, a plain dull brown spine stood out.

Horsham's open air pool in 1976

1976 - when Horsham baked in a heatwave

As a soggy and less than ‘flaming’ June bids farewell, it’s worth turning the clock back 40 years to 1976 and the heatwave that hit Sussex, along with the rest of the South.


Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.


From the rugged life of the Falklands to comfort of Sussex

The Falkland Islands were very much on people’s minds in 1983. The remote UK colony in the South Atlantic was still recovering from the 74-day conflict that had cost the lives of 910 military personnel and three civilians one year earlier.


Letter shares disgust at antics of Byron in 1816

Housed in Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum is a unique letter written on 6 June 1816.

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