Remember when Jimi Hendrix played Crawley?

Every once in a while, the archives offer up a truly amazing picture - and this one's a cracker.

Christmas at Itchingfield Primary School in 1988

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...1988

We’ve hit December, so the vault of old Christmas photos has been unlocked and given its annual airing.

7th Horsham Guides and Brownies

Plenty of fun, frivolity and jollity in 1982

These pictures were published in the County Times in 1982 and show some of the things the area’s fun-loving folk got up to when they weren’t at work or at school.

Young Colin in uniform

A Bible signed by King George VI and singing at the Queen’s wedding

Colin Whitehead has had an amazing life.

Billingshurst Beavers FC

1974: The year of Land Girls, fundraising and a lot of sport

Ah 1974! It was the year that brought us Abba, Bagpuss and The Godfather Part II , and saw Manchester United relegated from the First Division.


Festival fun in 1986 – and headlines from 1956

The Horsham Festival of 1986 was certainly a resounding success.

This car came to the end of the road when its garage collapsed

Remembering the ill wind that blew no good in 1987

It was a bit blowy in the early evening of October 15 1987 but few realised exactly how severe the oncoming storm would be.
Young campaigners were up in arms after developers moved in to demolish woods at North Heath Copse in 1996

1996: Sports success, protests, maypoles and a very old well

Anyone driving along Pondtail Road in May 1996 may have found themselves face to face with a bunch of very young protesters.
Hilda Craven

Dodging bombs and falling suitcases – welcome to the WRENs

Last week, 96-year-old Hilda Craven described her time growing up in Lower Beeding. This week we pick up her story in March 1942, after she was called up to the Royal Naval College Greenwich.

Hilda Craven

Growing up in a coach house bothy

Hilda Craven was born in Surrey in 1921, the daughter of a mechanic/driver. Her family moved to Lower Beeding when she was five and she’s been in the area ever since. Now 96, she has shared her recollections of growing up in West Sussex and her service as a WREN during the Second World War. Her fascinating story starts this week and will conclude next week.
Children from Hillcrest Drive dressed as a pack of cards at Ashington fun day in 1996 SUS-170823-144056001

Fairytale theme made for fantastic fun day

In 1996, the Ashington fun day was all about fairytales.

The official handover to Southwold Railway Trust. Picture: Peter Edgeler

New home found for rare locomotive

Rare but rusting steam locomotive Scaldwell is to be restored to its former glory.

Lucy Broadwood - picture courtesy of Surrey History Centre

Singers band together to raise cash to repair folk musician’s grave

Lucy Broadwood was one of the main influences of the folk music revival of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is buried at St Mary Magdalene Church, Rusper. Irene Shettle, a researcher and traditional folksinger, has organised a concert to raise money to restore Lucy’s grave.

Front view of Crawley Cottage - formerly Crawley Lodge and Charterhouse - in 1930

‘Unimportant’ farmhouse with a fascinating history

At the junction of Stonefield Close with the Brighton Road, there was once a late-16th century timber-framed farmhouse.

Horsham 1860, courtesy of Horsham Museum

‘Unnatural’ act of being gay saw teen lad hanged

On July 27 1967, The Sexual Offences Act received Royal Assent.
Bob Piper

Voices of our military heroes preserved forever

The words of the servicemen and women who served their country in the wars of the 20th century have been forever preserved thanks to a team of volunteers and the County Library Service.

Carfax 1896. West Sussex CC Library Service

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.

Melanie Jones, 8, admires the Cuckfield jubilee decorations

Egg cups and ale for jubilee in 1977

There was a definite party feel about 1977.

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.

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.

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