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Shoreham Discussion / History Portal - upgrades
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:28:00 pm »
In the past few weeks I have been upgrading the whole of SBS to a "secure" SSL certificated site. This gives the site a little padlock icon in your internet browser when visiting the site and the address automatically changes from to      If I were a cynic I would say this is the only apparent benefit. 

It has not been an easy process to do and because of some back office incompatibilities with the forum I have reversed the process - so we are now "insecure" again.   I'm sorry for the inconvenience.  It may have resulted in the site being off line for an hour or so, and the forum was off for a day or so.  If you have any issues accessing the site then maybe clear you cache. Currently the correct address is

I hope to upgrade to SSL in the future, once we have sorted out the forum issue.

Shoreham Discussion / Forum Old and New
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:21:55 pm »

I have added a few links to the Wayback Machine's web archive of our original, very old forum.  You can find these links in our History website under the Forum menu or here:

The Wayback Machine has taken snapshots of our Forum and History Portal periodically since 2004.  These are limited in the scope in that it appears that their momentary snapshots don't delve too deeply into the lower levels of our website structures.  Consequently some forum posts are visible whilst others are not captured in the archive.  It looks like any threads or posts that are further than 5 layers down are not visible. Likewise some attachments are not archived and image links to external sites are often broken.

If you really have an investigative mind then you may rise to the challenge of browsing back in time using the timeline function at the top of the Wayback page... this may reveal  content that is not evident in subsequent years. Here are my links to just 3 points of capture:

You can also browse the old History Portal as it was 8 years ago:
This is primarily the same material that exists in the current Portal.

Shoreham Discussion / The High Street - 10 years on
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:06:45 am »

2009 was the first part of the High Street Photo project.   Is the High Street a better place 10 years on?  Anyone fancy doing the same for 2019?

Shoreham Discussion / Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:23:24 am »
Vernon Sewell is a B-movie film writer / director of the 1950's who seemed to have an obsession with making films in Shoreham, that included the harbour, boats and often his own boat (which was berthed at Shoreham).   

His films to look out for that were filmed in Shoreham are:
Ghost Ship (1952)
and Dangerous Voyage (1953 / 54).
Rogues Yarn (1957),
The Battle for the V1 (1958),
Also see The Flaw (1955)

Here's a curious still from Dangerous Voyage  - recognise the spy's secret notes (and featuring a building on the spit with 2 chimneys)? The story was a bunkum about radiation, a bomb and missing stowaways from a salvaged ship in the channel.

Shoreham Discussion / Where's me Bath Tub?
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:35:52 pm »
Where? When? Why?

Shoreham Discussion / Old Erringham Tragedy - 77th Anniversary
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:54:23 am »
Today is the 77th anniversary of the Old Erringham river tragedy  - 1pm 6th January 1942:

Shoreham Discussion / Finger signs - are there any more in Shoreham?
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:59:40 am »
Saw this finger sign in an eBay photo. This is the only other one I have seen in addition to the Western Road sign.

Shoreham Discussion / Mystery Tower - Nab Light
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:33:31 am »

In 1951 a film was made by Hammer Films - The Dark Light.  Look where they filmed it?

Shoreham Discussion / WW2 Mystery objects
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:33:47 pm »
Some time ago there was discussion on these two mystery circle structures... hidden in trees in the Shoreham College grounds but evident in aerial photos from WW2. To me they looked tall and narrow and appeared to have white marked openings on the South face - towards the harbour mouth.  So I surmised they could be navigation aids not visible from the air.

Shoreham Discussion / Mystery Photos
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:51:22 pm »
Mystery Photo no.1
Where is this?

Shoreham Discussion / Hello
« on: April 18, 2017, 01:40:25 pm »
I see there are a few new registrations - a number of names I recognise from the old forum... please do post and say hello, and maybe offer a few suggestions about what you'd like to see in the new SBS forum and History Portal.

Shoreham Discussion / Street Photos Project
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:22:47 pm »
You may recall back in early 2009 we started the Shoreham Street Photos project- taking still photos of every shop and building in the principal streets.  It was a community effort and we divided the job of photographing the shops amongst 6 or 7 die hard forumites.   These were then uploaded in geographic order to the forum.   So far, we have not been able to recover those photos from the original installation of the Forum - which is a real shame as it was an interesting project and frustrating to have lost it.  The Archive doesn't save the images, and our attempts to recover the originals has been thwarted by a less than accommodating hosting company.

So my question is - does anyone have the original photos?  If so it would be great to recreate, in part, those streets of 2009.

Shoreham Discussion / Welcome to the Shoreham-by-Sea Forum
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:53:55 am »
Welcome to the Shoreham-by-Sea Forum!

Please do register and contribute. 

Many of you will have been members of the old SBS forum which ran from 2004 - 2016. We hope this new forum will be used and run on similar lines. Unfortunately the original forum has gone but is archived here as a read only snapshot:

This forum will need initial registration to post- an all new registration, just for the forum and separate from Subscription to the main History Portal. (so don't try to use your SBS login if you have registered)  There are few anti-spam questions to answer.

Please do post on here on whatever topics you'd like to discuss.  You will be able to post images into posts - but please re-size them to less than 1600kb.

Please do not post images unless you are permitted to under rights associated with the image.  Likewise, please do not copy and re-post images from the forum to other places on the web. This ensures original contributors feel free to contribute from their own collections without fear of copyright infringement.   If you wish to share images from the forum then the best way is to publish a link to the original rather than post the photos.

There is a useful Notify button at the top of Topics and Threads - this is the same as Subscription and allows you to follow a Thread or indeed the whole Forum (go back to the top level Shoreham Discussion and click Notify) - an email will be sent to you when a new post or reply is posted.

The site will be moderated, but the usual etiquette rules apply - please be nice.


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