The 1912 Shoreham /Edinburgh Motorcycle Marathon.

20 year-old George Hedgecock with his penny-farthing bike

George Hedgecock, Shoreham’s popular bootmaker in East Street during the first half of the twentieth century was one of the town’s first cycling enthusiasts in the 1880’s taking part in races on his penny-farthing cycle.


In his 40’s he adapted his interest to motorised cycling and purchased a Singer motorcycle and sidecar possibly from Reg Eley’s garage – Reg was a fellow member of Shoreham’s motorcycling club and an agent for Singer Motorcycles.

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Audio Recordings

Shoreham memories

A set of audio recordings and a BBC radio programme that captures the anecdotes and memories of those residents of Shoreham.

Introduction – Shoreham’s Past Recalled – BBC Local Radio interview with David Tait of the Shoreham Society in 1994:

Bert and Peg Taylor recall their time in 1920’s/30’s Ship Street, Gordon Road and Bert’s wartime experiences during the retreat from Dunkirk (part 1):

Bert and Peg Taylor recall their time in 1920’s/30’s Ship Street, Gordon Road and Bert’s wartime experiences during the retreat from Dunkirk (part 2):

“Shoreham Memories” BBC Radio programme about Bungalow Town

Listen to Fred Clarke’s delightful Sussex accent as he describes his time  at work in the boatyard and Bungalow Town during WW2:

  ‘When milk was a penny a pint’ – more on Bungalow Town in the early years with Doris Roberts (part 1):

‘When milk was a penny a pint’ – more on Bungalow Town in the early years with Doris Roberts (part 2):

Bungalow Town residents Helen Larman & Arthur Godfrey:

Sunday School at St.Julian’s Hall and life in Kingston and Southwick in the 1930’s:


Sam Youles, the Harbour and Kingston (part 1):

  Sam Youles, the Harbour and Kingston (part 2):

Bessie Bailey remembers Bungalow Town life between the Wars:

More Sussex accents with the Burchell family of Horsham:





Blind Fanny Winton

Blind Fanny Winton

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I’ve known about Old Shoreham’s blind Fanny Winton for many years but never got round to reading Martha Rigden’s account in her 1873 book ‘By A Way They Knew Not.’

In clearing some old papers recently I discovered this anonymous resume of the book that condenses Fanny’s story of a hard life, going blind, travelling to Brighton for (somewhat harsh) treatment, bedridden for 30 years etc., and also tells us a little of the area and the people in it.

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Stow & Son Yachts


Thomas Stow & Son Yachts 1866 – 1936,

Courtney & Birkett and Francis Suter


During the late 19th and early 20th centuries Thomas Stow & Son earned themselves a reputation internationally as a respected designer and builder of good quality luxury racing yachts and other types of boat at their shipyard on the river at Shoreham. In his book ‘The Ships and Mariners of Shoreham historian Henry Cheal lists some of their schooners, yawls, luggers and cutters. These were of high quality, well planned internally to give them a ‘roominess’ rarely matched by other makers. Besides supplying private customers Stows also built many of the boats that carried British troops up the river Nile for the 1884 Sudan Expedition. Continue reading “Stow & Son Yachts”

A Diary of Events

A Diary of Events

Shoreham in WWII by Gerald White

As the month of September arrived, the National news couldn’t have been worse. Local people who had no radio gathered in public houses and homes where a radio was available, everyone expected the worst. Mr Stanley Baldwin the Prime Minister spoke to say that Herr Hitler had gone back on his words of peace, would not undertake his promise not to invade Poland and because of this we were now at war with Germany. Continue reading “A Diary of Events”

Shoreham’s WW1 Fatalities

The names on this Roll of Honour have been collected from the memorials in Shoreham’s churches, cemeteries, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died in The Great War and includes many whose names are not shown on the town’s War Memorial. This record has been compiled independently of the Roll of Honour web site and includes more comprehensive information gleaned from Civil Registrations, Census Returns, Shipping Passenger Lists and some Service Records. Continue reading “Shoreham’s WW1 Fatalities”

William Edward Winton

William Edward Winton – bill poster, printer, photographer, impresario.

William Winton as a young man around 1870

Captain Henry Roberts R.N. who sailed round the world with Captain Cook, John Brown the well known Victorian town notary and Henry Cheal the historian were all celebrated sons of Shoreham. To these names should be added William Edward Winton whose colourful life and work during the first half of the last century brought enjoyment to many Shoreham residents and, through his photos, continues to do so today. Continue reading “William Edward Winton”

Tales from the Postcards

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Impressions of Shoreham and life 100 years ago by the writers of the old postcards

Shoreham’s early postcards were photographed and produced by a number of different people, the best known of them being W.Page of East Street, William Winton and his son who produced his cards at their printing works in Middle Street and sold them from their shops in the High Street and Brunswick Road, and Frank Rowe who developed and printed his photographs in the cellars of his shop at 18, High Street. Most people looking through collections of old postcards are attracted by the photo or view shown on the fronts – some however are equally interested in the messages on the reverse. Continue reading “Tales from the Postcards”

The Southwick Cat and Shoreham Musselman

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There was always much rivalry between Southwick and Shoreham for many years and particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This often developed into serious fights between men of both towns, usually on Saturday nights at Kingston Bridge when both sides were doubtless fuelled by quantities of beer previously imbibed. Even into the 1960’s fights occurred between rival gangs from both towns. Continue reading “The Southwick Cat and Shoreham Musselman”