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Shoreham Discussion / 18th Century Residents
« on: Today at 12:44:49 pm »
Images of 18th century Shoreham residents are few and far between but we do have these four:-
Henry Roberts, hydrographer who sailed with Captain Cook and mapped the Australian oceans. Henry lived initially in Church Street before moving to St.Mary’s House.
John Butler, another Church Street resident - he captained ‘The Hound’ customs cutter and his exploits are recorded in ‘Memories of a Shoreham Seafaring Family’ on this web site.
Elizabeth Hawkins, John Butler’s sister who married John Roberts Hawkins
John Roberts Hawkins, an earlier captain of ‘The Hound’ under whom John Butler initially served as first mate. Hawkins and his wife lived at  Chantry House in East Street.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Figurehead Goes Missing!
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:49:06 pm »
Beware of Repros! Looks like our two figureheads may not have been the originals. Following Paul’s (Spinalman) recent post on apparent duplications we received this from Richard Hunter, a well known figurehead historian and restorer:-
Good to hear from you again re the subject of Ships Figureheads, I very much hope that all is Ok, with you in your part of the World, and that you are having a good weekend,  your e-mail re the two Figureheads from HMS SCYLLA and PEARL shows that they are still of interest, but still very much a mystery that I have to unravel, at this moment in time I still have no information as to the fate of both carvings, I have to say looking at them on the post-card I have they are both quite beautiful, it’s very  sad to think that they have been lost, as to the true identification of each carving, despite the fact that they have names written on each carving, I am not sure if they are from the vessels they mention, the Pearl Figurehead does have pearls so that would make sense, however  a Figurehead from HMS PEARL survives in Australia and this is very well documented, as for HMS SCYLLA the one in the Sheerness Museum, ( I restored a few years ago  in 2007 ) is from the vessel of 1856 another almost identical carving also survives, we have some doubt about her, she could well be a replica carved for a Naval Establishment in the South of the UK.
As with most of the Figureheads I have in my Archives research is always ongoing, and new information could come in at any time, re the above two Figureheads, I am not sure if I have asked you in the past, if you and your members know of any other surviving views  of them other than the post-card,
Looking forward to hearing from you again in the near future

Shoreham Discussion / Re: shoreham oysters
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:02:11 pm »
There are a number of stories on this site about oysters - use the search engine to see them.

Shoreham Discussion / Clearing the Beaches
« on: July 20, 2020, 10:18:29 am »
A collection of images showing wartime mines being detonated on the beach using prisoners of war (sounds worse than it was – they were well protected and operated a water cannon).
Apologies for the low resolution and watermarks – these are borrowed images

Shoreham Discussion / Figurehead Goes Missing!
« on: July 14, 2020, 09:14:47 am »
The things we overlook. We often look back on old posts and in particular this one that we were fairly sure was of the Kittiwake bungalow fire. We've only just noticed another clue that helps confirm it. The Kittiwake owner had two ships’ figureheads (HMS Pearl and HMS Scylla) in the ‘garden’ but look what’s being rescued in the distance left – can’t be absolutely sure but looks very much like the Pearl figurehead!
Subsequent photos of the rebuilt Kittiwake show the Scylla figurehead in the front but no trace of Pearl unless that was round the back – did it go missing that day? Another thought is that those figureheads were solid wood yet seems not to be too heavy for that gentleman! 

Shoreham Discussion / The Ghosts of St.Mary's Hall
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:23:28 pm »

Shoreham Discussion / Dame Vera Lynn
« on: July 10, 2020, 12:40:51 pm » time visitor to Marlipins Museum........

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Inside the Lighthouse
« on: July 09, 2020, 07:55:02 am »
- photos continued

Shoreham Discussion / Inside the Lighthouse
« on: July 09, 2020, 07:52:50 am »
At last – inside the lighthouse (photos and article from Sussex Life found by Neil De Ville)
Did you know…
What’s behind this door?
For those that like the Shoreham lighthouse, then we have an absolute treat for you today. For years we’ve seen the dull grimy path with the old door and often wondered what it was like inside. We wondered what the view was like at the top. We wondered what sort of bulb is used (and we now know it’s not a 100w Osram bulb). We wondered what the stairs looked like. And did you know there are gargoyle/dragon type heads going around the top of the lighthouse? All of these questions can now be revealed. We’ve managed to get some photos of the inside which answer all the questions we had. We hope you find them as interesting as we did.
Photo credit: Unknown.

More photos in next post

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Critique of an old Painting
« on: July 02, 2020, 10:11:38 am »
That's what I thought too john but I've since been told it, with it's mechanical winch, was only used for pulling up ships for repairs and maintenance. Even the last ships built in Shoreham (Britannia and Osman Pacha) were built in the old shipyard near the suspension bridge. I didn't readily accept this to begin with but have since seen photos that show it.
Incidentally, you and I have mused before how is it possible these old ships were launched without falling over? Looking at this photo it doesn’t seem possible to avoid it but, with the Adur’s very deep tidal drop, I guess it may have been submerged enough at high tide - particularly the stern? Perhaps others will know?

Shoreham Discussion / Critique of an old Painting
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:19:03 pm »
A circa 1810 painting attributed to John Smith seems at first sight to be a somewhat naïve illustration perhaps owing something to artistic licence – until it is compared to a photograph of the same spot one hundred years later.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Greenways Crescent
« on: June 23, 2020, 07:55:50 am »
Your question got me interested vkh and I don’t know the answer but have googled these images that may help. None of the OS maps back to the 1930’s show anything on the triangular green.

Shoreham Discussion / Bungalow Town 1946
« on: June 01, 2020, 11:26:44 am »
An interesting panorama of  four photos sent to us by Chris Mead. Taken by his father in 1946 from one of the flats above the shops in Ferry Road it looks out westwards across a barren landscape following the wartime clearance of most of the bungalows. Amongst those that survived were West and East House(s) on the extreme right. Just beyond the old sports club are two house boats, the one on the right is Skylark and to the left of it is what looks like an MTB that to me is very similar to one that survived until recent years – perhaps someone remembers it’s name?
Why were the two bungalows in the centre of the view left untouched I wonder? The smaller one was named ‘Barge’ but the larger doesn’t appear to have been named and is just noted as  No. 81 on the BT Properties list.
Lastly, along the shore can be seen the anti-tank blocks that were removed a few years later - the lower photo of blocks at Lancing gives an idea of them closer up.

It turns out that The Keep archives at Lewes may have a rare photo of the election stone (or part of it) outside Stone House in the High Street.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Railway Air Services Survivors
« on: March 31, 2020, 06:46:04 am »
Some interesting updates there guys, than you.

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