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Shoreham Discussion / Re: Figurehead Goes Missing!
« on: August 04, 2020, 02:31:26 pm »
On another forum I saw this:
"the shore establishment (Naval Ordnance Inspection Establishment (Admiralty) in Sheffield), was officially known as HMS Scylla the old figure head from that ship was mounted on a plinth complete with flag pole at the main gate. HMS Scylla was a screw steam corvette launched at Sheerness dockyard in 1886. The figurehead is now preserved at Blue Town Heritage Centre in Sheerness."

So the Blue Town version is either the screw steam corvette launched 1856 and broken up 1882 or less likely, the later Apollo class steel ship which was launched 1891 and scrapped 1914.  So the mystery continues.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Figurehead Goes Missing!
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:13:31 am »
I am curious about where the two figureheads ended up.  This is HMS Scylla - just before paying off in 1873:

If you search for the figurehead it is stated to still be in Sheerness, in a museum, and available for public view:

But online images suggest the figurehead is different to our Kittywake figurehead:

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Greenways Crescent
« on: June 27, 2020, 09:42:10 am »
There was an almost identical above-ground structure on the green in Connaught Avenue.  I think that must be a WWII structure - maybe a decontamination room, or ARP building?  There is a smaller scale building 200 yards away at the top of Park Avenue that features in the ARP group photograph elsewhere on this forum.

The circle and paths look more like a landscaped green feature. Why build paths in a Y shape unless they are for aesthetic reasons?

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Preservation or Vandalism?
« on: February 12, 2020, 09:44:07 am »
As a sad aside, large sections of this wall at the northern end have collapsed.
The collapse was as a result of JCBs working to dig a trench for a new sewer pipe in the allotments running alongside the length of the wall.  When the wall later started to collapse the Council just put up safety fencing to cordon off the area.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Where in Shoreham is this?
« on: February 10, 2020, 10:03:18 pm »
Looking at this scene again:  if the windmill was in Ropetackle it would be the same distance as the St. Peter's church roof and probably about the same height.  Clearly the painting shows the windmill 5 times the height... so either the artist mis-scaled a windmill at Ropetackle, or the windmill was much close, where the Adur Rec is.   Even so, the boats are moored up at an unusual place as this was scurvy bank and not offering enough for the draught of any boats.

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 / Re: A Railway View - but where?
« on: December 26, 2019, 11:05:05 am »
That surely looks like Fishersgate, the Coastguard cottages.  I don't think that is a flagstaff - more likely multiple masts from moored boats in the harbour.  Thos two guys look like ner do wells, knicking coal spillage and then pretending to tie a shoelace when a train passes.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Where in Shoreham is this?
« on: October 17, 2019, 02:38:49 pm »

The Norfolk Suspension Bridge had been well and truly built by the time the artist painted it and (if it is this area) should have featured as the centre piece of the painting so why has he masked the bridge with the boats’ sails?
Maybe when he sat down to paint this scene the boats weren't there?  He'd have spent hours painting and then the sailing boats swan into view and the artist just says "bugger".

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 / Re: Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:37:18 am »
and finally a railway station... Fishersgate?   (as featured in another Sewell film Ghost Ship) or Southwick?

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:33:58 am »
and a windmill.  I have investigated, and this is in Capel Horsham just off the A24.  It was demolished in the 60's but the circular base is evident.  This is the same windmill that provided a base for Polish resistance members when trying to smuggle out a downed V1 in The Battle for the V1 (also directed by Sewell).  In the 4 years between the two films the canopy of the mill had fallen and it was looking very poor.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:30:58 am »
and others. this was probably about 1956 as only the first of Brighton B's power station chimneys was built. In Rogues Yarn there are scenes where they are building the Power Station in the background scenes.  The Power Station doubled as a V1 rocket factory in the later 'big budget" Battle for the V1.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:28:12 am »
Recognise this Police Station?  Tarmount Lane looks very narrow. Perhaps it was widened for the telephone exchange?

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:25:20 am »
Lady Bee Marina features heavily in Dangerous Voyage ( and also Ghost Ship and Rogues Yarn)

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