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

This thread was relevant

The explanation for the fuel tanks and pipes that fed the slipways at Kingston.

Lest we forget. 6th Jan 1942

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 / Re: Coastguards
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:37:09 pm »

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Town Developments
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:32:59 pm »
Ah - exactly as in my part of the woods.  Planners rubber stamping anything that meets their housing quota, nothing to address the woefull underprovision of parking on new developments, and the old "affordable" housing trick to justify a development. Affordable is 80% of market rates so not affordable in every sense of the word.  And then there is infrastructure - or rather there isn't. M
Maybe they'll stretch to putting in some fancy coloured tarmac and a bollard...

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Upturned Boats Again
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:47:34 pm »
Have looked up the current plan and see that I had a wrong impression of the size of the classroom ( The NW projection from the main building ) I had imagined that it was much longer......that is where the photograph was taken.
I am certain the photo was taken with the pupils sitting on a small wall (18 inches high and 12 inches deep) that contained a flower bed and that was infront of the crittall windows of the two reception classrooms on the most North Westerly arm of the Infants school.  The wall was broken by three steps up to the double classroom doors of each class.

The change in layout of the school was because the Juniors was built first, and then the infants, and the Juniors cloakroom added later.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: No - it can't be! (Seaplane Base?)
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:11:26 pm »
This is my estimate of footprint and camera angle.

Nelson has been working hard to collate the information relating to this incident into an article.  It can be found here :

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Finger signs - are there any more in Shoreham?
« on: November 07, 2018, 03:06:32 pm »
Mmm - I think the 50's ones are the ones I'm looking for. Someone decided to commission a widescale re-signing of Shoreham - probably coinciding with the expansion of new housing and roads to the North and East. Someone must know where these signs originated.

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 / Re: Swiss Gardens - the Early Years
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:23:23 pm »
I think the surviving wall (apart from those backing on to the Meads) that you are referring to Spinalman is the flint wall that separates Homehaven from the 1920ís houses next to it.

Ah Dungeons!  I knew it had a quirky name for it.

Theatre wall: I am sure the Homehaven wall was not the boundary wall. It was quite thick and about 3 to 4 foot tall and probably only 8-12 feet long and a couple of yards from the boundary wall, and hidden in undergrowth.  I think Gerry had a photo of it.  Anyhoo, I remember seeing it the 60s or 70s.  So I drove down just now, went up to the top flats of Homehaven and took this photo!  The wall may be under the banks with the trees now growing out of the mound.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Swiss Gardens - the Early Years
« on: November 05, 2018, 09:24:06 am »
As far as I can remember it was in the area of the Oracle....
Aren't there still some old walls / ruins left in the gardens of the flats? Around here on the plan.
IIRC there was an alleyway that ran from the South edge of the Victoria Road entrance towers all the way to Freehold Street. It was tall rough flint wall both sides (same style as wall in the Meads) It was narrow and dark - did they call it the catacombs or something similar?   I always assumed that this was a novel way of preserving a right of way to travel from New Shoreham to Old Shoreham without giving access into the Swiss pleasure grounds.  Obviously it split the grounds in two... the maps show (and Nelson's diagram above) a dog legged structure that could be a footbridge to all patrons to cross over the alleyway.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: No - it can't be! (Seaplane Base?)
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:01:54 pm »
This is my best guess for the hangars and the footprint of the concrete pad - overlayed a c.1940's aerial where some subsequent bungalows appear to have been built directly on the pad and then later demolished for WWII. Below is the same aerial with the post 1924 bungalow footprints highlighted (locations taken from 1931 OS Map). The yellow denotes the whole plot on one that explains the ingress of vegetation in the specific part of the hangar. 1927 aerial of bungaalows before gardens had been planted.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: No - it can't be! (Seaplane Base?)
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:58:52 pm »
Launching from the beach must only have been possible at near low tide unless on a very calm day due to the swell and breakers.

Looking at the Newhaven base photos there were a lot of seaplane photos with the aircraft tipped up into the sea.  Certainly these were dangerous aircraft in anything other than ideal sea conditions.

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