Chart and Lawrence, Horsham, 1988

IT IS remarkable how easily shops fade from the memory as new shops take over and dominate the street scene.

This photograph shows Chart and Lawrence on the corner of West Street and South Street in Horsham in 1988.

Chart and Lawrence closed down, replaced by Hammicks, which had moved out of its West Street shop. That then became Ottakers before becoming Waterstone's.

The shop itself has been a prominent landmark in the town. The faade hid a medieval building, a 17 room house known as the Red Lion.

Later in the Victorian era the property became George Duke's Emporium.

When Chart and Lawrence closed the museum managed to rescue a few items, including the C&L sign, which formed an oval, the shadow of which can be seen in this photograph.

Photographs capture the immediate and make it permanent. That is what we hope for, but in order to do that they have to be carefully preserved.

To help fund this important service Horsham Museum, as part of Horsham District Council's Museum and Heritage service, which is preserving thousands of images, has arranged for these prints published by the County Times to be reprinted.

The museum can now offer these images at a special price of 5 for an A4 print. They must be booked and paid for at the museum in Horsham's Causeway.

All photographs are the copyright of Horsham District Council (Horsham Museum).