School, shops and the mystery football team

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A rummage through the County Times archive often turns up a somewhat eclectic collection of pictures. These represent three of life’s most important things – school, shopping and football.

The history of education in Denne Road appears to have been a fascinating one which started with the opening of a boys’ boarding school in 1893 and a girls’ school c1895. There is no date on our picture but it shows the girls’ school.

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Shopping in Horsham has always offered plenty of choice, as these pictures show. Neither are dated but appear to have been taken around the turn of the 20th century.

T Glaysher – a very old Horsham name – was a watchmaker and jeweller, whose shop was located in Middle Street.

It’s hard to tell from the picture but the ‘Tools and Hardware’ shop next door also appears to have been his.

The shop, many of whose timbers dated back to the 14th century, was dismantled in 1968 and reconstructed at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in 1985.

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As an interesting side note, a former Denne Road pupil called S Glaysher gave an interview to Horsham Museum in 1989 in which she described lessons being interrupted by the sound of the air raid siren.

The children would then walk across the playground to the shelters “where our teachers would keep our minds off the air raids by testing our spelling or mental arithmetic”.

An old Horsham name, indeed.

But back to the shops: CA Phillips, a draper and milliner, had a shop at 14 East Street which boasted: “For value and variety in corsets, stop here.”

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According to the writing on the back of the picture, the four women are: EA Phillips, D Tyhurst, Mrs Brackpool and Miss Boyce.

Finally we have something of a mystery photo. It was taken during the 1925/26 football season and was found in a bundle of pictures simply labelled ‘Horsham’. The picture, though, shows the winners of the Crawley Charity Cup.

Does anyone know which team this was? Were they Horsham lads or Crawley boys?

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