Revealed - Horsham’s centre of historic Suffragette revolution

As we celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote, Jeremy Knight, Horsham District Council heritage officer, looks at the role local women played in the suffragette movement.


Gallery: Nostalgia photos of Horsham town centre

Clearing out some old files in the County Times office, we discovered a few photos taken over the past 20-30 years.


Gallery: New exhibition looks at working life in Horsham

You wouldn’t expect to meet someone called Joan Scientist, Frederick Typewriter, or Pete Bricklayer, yet surnames such as Fletcher, Cook and Butcher seem perfectly normal.

Lawnmower racing!

Time for lawnmower racing, ducks and sunflowers in 1985

We're stepping back in time to 1985 and some of the weird and wonderful things that went on in West Sussex.

Arundel Walking Tours has gone from strength to strength, adapting for the benefit of guests and offering a variety of ways to discover the history of the town

History brought to life with turn-up-and-go tours

Postman Martin Alderton has turned his love for Arundel into a thriving business.

Whats on
Jimi Hendrix performed at the Starlight Ballroom, Crawley, on October 15 1967

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.
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