Century old piece of Horsham’s heritage on display

Jonathan Chowen with Sally Brooker and Mike Hetherington, district commander for Horsham ' West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

Jonathan Chowen with Sally Brooker and Mike Hetherington, district commander for Horsham ' West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

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A wooden beam that once hung over the doorframe of the old Horsham Fire Station has been found in an attic in North Street.

Discovered by Chris Ansell, activities coordinator at Westhope Lodge Residential Care Home, it was donated to Horsham Museum in the Causeway by director of care Sally Brooker.

The wood is thought to date to pre-1911 because of a Horsham Borough Town crest and would have been removed in 1928 when a new brick structure was put in place of the ageing building.

After contacting Horsham District Council, Mr Ansell helped deliver the plinth to the Museum where it is now displayed.

Jonathan Chowen (Con, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead), Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, said: “It is great when local residents and, in this case, local businesses donate interesting artefacts to Horsham Town.

“We are very lucky in Horsham to have such a wonderful museum to showcase the Horsham District’s long and varied history.”

Ms Brooker added: “This was a very interesting discovery and we were delighted to offer this plinth to Horsham Museum to share with the rest of the community.”