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Shoreham Discussion / Re: Alan Humphries Postcard Collection
« Last post by Lofty on Today at 02:03:55 pm »
Many thanks to Alan for generously sharing his wonderful collection here on the site.
I think my favourite has to be the steeplejacks on the church spire included in Collection No 1.
Shoreham Discussion / Spotted in Southwick Locks One Hundred Years Ago.
« Last post by Nelson on Today at 07:54:20 am »
The eye-glazing tedium of the repetitive editing and loading of countless postcard images does have its benefits as you get to enjoy in detail superb images you’ve not seen before. This one caught my eye. Do you remember the Marlipins Museum postcard of the river tug ‘George V’ towing barges up river? We’ve found another – detail from Alan Humphries’ postcard of the locks reveals what looks like the vessel’s identical sister boat ‘Edward VII’ (assuming the ‘II’ to be hidden by the rudder) – such small tugs yet obviously capable of towing two huge fully loaded barges.  I wonder what Shoreham  family worked them?
Shoreham Discussion / All Mod. Cons Provided!
« Last post by Nelson on July 13, 2019, 08:03:42 am »
With every new photo there’s always something that catches your eye. We’ve seen photos of outside loos in BT (top left) but in the central photo of ‘Beach House’ and neighbouring bungalows on Widewater beach it’s the extensions onto the sides of both the nearest bungalows that draw your attention. They seem unnaturally narrow – perhaps a loo at the end, discreetly away from the main part of the bungalow? On the other hand there are stove pipes coming out of both – perhaps stoves for hot water isolated from the main building to lessen the fire risk? Perhaps a combination of both to provide a cosy sitting during natural breaks?
Anyway, the toilet answer seems likely as the photo of the 1910 storm shows soil pipes that line up with the front part of the bungalows – it also tells us that although we read about regular septic tank collections for BT there were certainly parts of the beach that had ‘sophisticated’ sewerage disposal!
Shoreham Discussion / Doomed Bungalows
« Last post by Nelson on July 12, 2019, 09:44:05 am »
Nice, clear photo from a postcard on E-Bay. Bungalows that stood on the western half of Widewater Beach.  Regimented, sturdy looking buildings but all destroyed in the 1912/13 storms.
Shoreham Discussion / Alan Humphries Postcard Collection
« Last post by Nelson on July 11, 2019, 09:20:38 am »
Southwick resident and long time postcard collector Alan Humphries has amassed what must be one of today’s largest Southwick and Kingston postcard collections. With the help of historian Neil De Ville’s powers of persuasion and a couple of quid sweetener from the SBS emergency kitty Alan has agreed to make his collection available to view on These are the first 80 or so of specially selected images from the collection and more will be added over the coming weeks.

Shoreham Discussion / The High Street - 10 years on
« Last post by Spinalman 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 / Cosy Nook
« Last post by Nelson on July 05, 2019, 09:19:24 am »
A bit of a coincidence this – looking through some of our collections and found a postcard from a Nelly Bayle to Mrs Daniels in Highbury. Nelly was staying at Cosy Nook in August of 1908, one of the bungalows that was damaged in the 1913 storm described in the earlier Catty Norman article and gives us a different take on the accommodation compared to the glowing compliments usually seen in postcards home. The lady doesn’t seem too impressed with Cosy Nook nor it’s ‘old carriages’ and you have to admit it did look quite plain. For her it was miles from anywhere and located as it was near the centre of Widewater beach I suppose it would have been a fairly long walk to a sufficient number of shops at Shoreham town or Worthing the other way.  She thought it ‘very primitive and quite down to the edge of the sea’ – something of a prophetic remark bearing in mind the subsequent storms.
37, Liberia Road was part of quite an attractive neighbourhood so perhaps Nelly was used to better things but of course she may not necessarily have lived there………. servant or companion perhaps? you could go on forever wondering couldn’t you!
Shoreham Discussion / Re: Catty Norman and Framnaes
« Last post by Nelson on July 02, 2019, 11:53:02 am »
Thanks Lofty – it always tickled me that with a name like Belvedere it didn’t actually have one – perhaps it did once? By coincidence Belvedere is the westernmost bungalow at Widewater  to have survived  the storms – we’ve got the beachside view of it but still trying to find photos of the properties either side. 
Shoreham Discussion / Re: Catty Norman and Framnaes
« Last post by Lofty on July 02, 2019, 09:41:11 am »
This one was actually called 'Belvedere'.
I hope you can see it OK, I scanned it from a postcard that has four bungalows on it.
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