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.

Working at the Warnham Animal Sanctuary in 1997

Gifted, helpful youngsters from 1997

As years go, 1997 was an eventful one.

Taking party in the Steyning and District Walking Races in 1997

Taking a brisk walk through 1997

Not every athletics race has to be about who can run the fastest – sometimes a really brisk walk is all that’s needed.

Horsham School of Dancing 1997

Fun during a chilly winter 20 years ago

It may have been a bit chilly but that didn’t stop members of the Manor Theatre Group hitting the streets in January 1997 to promote their panto, Babes in the Wood.

Celebrating 70 years of Crawley new town

Crawley at 70: Town turns platinum!

A year's worth of celebrations have been planned to mark Crawley new town's 70th birthday.
Boxing Day football in Amberley 1981

Boxing Day footie and more from 1981

Stuffed full with turkey and other Christmas goodies, Boxing Day, for many, is spent vegging out in front of the TV.

Letters home from the Front in 1914

Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Simon Bennett is searching for registration details of this Jaguar E Type after he traced it back to Fields Engineering of Crawley - submitted

Car restorer in ‘needle in haystack’ search for details of rare Jag

A man is appealing for information about a dilapidated Jaguar car after tracing it back to a garage in the town.

Billingshurst Playgroup

Buying a heater in sweltering 1976

For those of us who were around in 1976, the year will be remembered for one thing in particular – the weather.

Basil Dick (back row on the left, wearing a false beard) with ship mates in Burma

'My bit in Spike Milligan’s part in Hitler’s downfall'

“August 1942, waiting to board the ship. It was a drab England. The Blitz had come and gone but we still observed the blackout.

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VIDEO: Roffey soldier featured in iconic Somme film

A Roffey man features in one of the most popular and iconic films ever made.

The Horsham Bonfire Boys of the 1930s

Remembering the Horsham Bonfire Boys

A meeting in a chicken house in the 1930s led to the rebirth of Horsham’s Bonfire Society, thanks to the efforts of three boys.

Paddington with Michael Bond and a young Bonnie Langford

Southwater woman’s memories of Paddington Bear club

A Southwater woman has shared her memories of growing up with Paddington Bear, after Horsham-based children’s charity Action Medical Research issued a call for past members of its mascot’s club to come forward.

Extracted from Britains Tudor Maps by John Speed, published by Batsford. SUS-161020-101827001

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.

Tom Leach retired as head of Shelley School, Broadbridge Heath, in 2001 after 24 years in charge SUS-160710-112221001

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.

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