Venetian Water Carnival Programme 1923

 

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A rare, original programme recording the competitors and events of the 1923 carnival. This small booklet measuring 4 inches by 5 inches and printed by Pope & Beesley of Middle Street reveals that from start to finish the carnival ran for a considerable nine hours but, surprisingly, on a Wednesday and not during a weekend. The story and photos of Shoreham’s regattas and carnivals, particularly the 1924 and 1926 events and the man that organized them are already included in the article ‘William Edward Winton – Regattas and Postcards.’ That article describes some of the boat races including the shovel and dog swimming events – this programme reveals a few more such as one-oar races, milk churn trundling, participation by the town’s fire brigade and even a list of the illuminated boats.

The booklet includes many familiar surnames of Shoreham families of the time, particularly those in the children’s events. Notes or points of interest about people and places mentioned have been restricted to those we know more of. These are numbered with the page to which they relate at the end of the article.

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Notes. (any already published articles relating to the persons or places are also included)

Page 1. Major Sexton was an eccentric, well-to-do character who wore military style clothes and lived at Bungalow Town in a dwelling that was constructed using Queen Victoria’s personal railway carriage. He was a very generous benefactor of Shoreham charities, events and sports clubs during the 1920’s and 30’s and a particular supporter financially of William Winton’s regattas and carnivals.

Major G. F. Sexton in 1922

3 (continuing to 5). Stewards:- James E. Hackett was for many years a leading amateur character actor and often appeared in Brighton theatres – see article ‘Some Lesser Known Shoreham Characters’ for more information; Ernest C. Ayling, played in goal for Shoreham F.C. during their most successful years as a leading Sussex amateur football club, son of Henry who founded H. Ayling & Sons grocery stores – for further information see ‘Shoreham F.C. 1886 – 1907’; Harry Claud Lucking, the tailor and gent’s outfitter in the High Street who later moved his shop to East Street (see advert on page 27); Ernest T. Corbyn, a long standing Shoreham councilor, Corbyn Crescent was named after him; William Hughes Browning the first curator of Marlipins Museum (see article ‘The Saving of Marlipins’; Albert Patching, a well known amateur racing cyclist and secretary of Shoreham District Cycling & Athletic Club .

Starter:- Arthur C. Maple, another Shoreham F.C. footballer who played at half back during their successful years – he was married to Ivy Winton, one of W.E. Winton’s daughters.

Clerk of the Course – W. P. Glazebrook, landlord of the Bridge Hotel.

Marshall – Bill Winton, W.E. Winton’s eldest son who built a successful printing business in the town, his postcards of Shoreham are much collected today – more on him in ‘William Edward Winton – Regattas and Postcards.’

Bill Winton and his megaphone

The names of the fancy dress competitions judges includes many more familiar names including Alfred Snelling who ran the butcher’s shop in the High Street (see advert on page 27); F. and B. Holloway of the family that had the garage next to the footbridge; Arthur Burfoot, one of the brothers that ran the nursery in Middle Road; Charles Peak, yet another member of the successful Shoreham football team who also ran a nursery but in Southdown Road; the Battens of course who had the dairy business (see also 4 below); the Harkers of Harkers Stores in the High Street; two of the wealthy Shoreham ship-owning Gates family – Digby Gates, solicitor and ex captain of Shoreham FC who had regularly represented his county and Thomas I. Gates, Dr. Reeks, the general practitioner in John Street.

4. The Batten family from Devon had their dairy in East Street and the Pebble Tea Lounge in Ferry Road (see also Pebble Tea Lounge advert on page 32).

5 (continuing to 7). It is pertinent to see that the ancient stones in the High Street (outside Stone House) were still a feature and, in this instance, used as an area for dancing on – where were they removed to or were they just broken up?

The General Directions & Conditions section include some interesting rules – the Dog Swimming races include an hilarious condition (but with laudable intentions) that any reluctant animals that are thrown into the water will be deemed non-starters!

Paine’s Wharf was behind Paine’s ironmongery store within the block of Dolphin Buildings that is now Coronation Green.

9. June and Dennis Hall were the children of Pansy (W.E. Winton’s daughter) – it was June that inherited the Winton photo collection (see ‘Winton Family Album’ on the Shorehambysea.com website); Dennis was killed in an accident flying for the R.A.F. during WW2. Tony Eley was the son of Myrtle (another daughter of W.E. Winton) and Reg Eley – Tony was also destined to die during WW2 as a tail-gunner on an Avro Lancaster of 57 Squadron over Germany.

11. Eileen Turrell and Emily Clement (mis-spelt with an ‘s’ in the programme) were cousins, Emily’s story is included in the article ‘Emily Winifred Elizabeth Hudson 1914 – 2005’.

Children in fancy dress behind the grammar school shortly before the parade

12. Frank Ward was the official photographer for the event. His shop was on the west corner of Church and High Streets. In WW1 he flew as a reconnaissance photographer for the Royal Flying Corps but died shortly after 1923 from lung damage originally caused by the effects of mustard gas –see article ‘Some Lesser Known Shoreham Characters’

14. Reg Eley was a prominent racing cyclist in the south-east but turned to motor cycles to earn a living when he opened his garage in Shoreham later marrying W.E. Winton’s daughter Myrtle in 1914. He served with the Royal Marine Artillery in WW1 and became another casualty of the effects of the war at his death in 1926 which is noted as ‘having been accelerated by the war.’

20. The Court Kinema – another of the Winton family’s businesses and a photo of it is included in the article on W.E.Winton. It stood in Church Street and is now the Co-op goods delivery entrance.

21. Punting Race for Men – the competitors in this race all came from long standing Shoreham families, W. and R. Suter were of the boat building family at Suter’s Yard (see advert on page 23), the three Uptons lived in and around the Surrey Street area (predecessors of Shoreham historian Alan Upton), the Pages were fishermen and ferrymen.

29. Frank Van Der Linde was a Canadian soldier stationed at the Army Camp near Buckingham Park during WW1. He married Shoreham’s Bertha Page and settled in the town (see article ‘Emily Winifred Elizabeth Hudson 1914 – 2005’).

33. Some in the over 55 sculls event were in their seventies!

‘The Story of Shoreham’ is still the definitive history of the town that cost five shillings then and even second hand copies now command prices of around £30.

34. Sussex Mutual advert – Arthur F.W. Eade was the son of the founder of Shoreham’s Eades Stores (see also advert on page 21), he was also another of the town’s early (penny farthing) cyclists and supporter for the acquisition of the Marlipins premises as a museum during the 1920’s. He married twice, to Henry Cheal’s sisters on both occasions. (see articles ‘Some Lesser Known Shoreham Characters’ and ‘The Saving of Marlipins’).

Roger Bateman

Shoreham

May 2013

Photos:- Major Sexton from the Sussex Archaeological Collection; Bill Winton and megaphone from the Winton Family Album; Childrens fancy dress from Emily Hudson.

Stanley Howard Winton 1881 – 1964

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Stanley Howard Winton 1881 – 1964 and Lancing’s Golden Sands

Stanley Winton aged 14

Fourth son of William and Emma Winton, Stanley was nicknamed ‘Bull’ by the Winton family – perhaps because he was ‘bullish’ in nature as his physical build never seemed to match this description. Like his brother Norman, Stanley doesn’t seem to have been involved in learning his father’s printing trade as in 1907 he is shown on a joint Winton family advertisement as a ‘Sanitary and Gas Engineer’ – he was still living with his mother and father in Shoreham at that time so the family business was beginning to diversify even more. Stanley Winton aged 14

 

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Stanley (left) with family friend Billy Reading (centre) and brother in law Robert Hall in the backyard of his parent’s house in Church Street, Shoreham c.1912

In 1911 he appears in the census as a builders’ merchant, progressed and shortly before WW1 purchased one of the last lorries available before WW1 government permits were required. His company hauled loads from the capital to destinations in the southern counties and eventually grew to a fleet of 17 trucks specialising in long loads up to as much as 85 feet.

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Stan’s steadily improving financial situation enabled him to purchase a grand Renault car seen here when visiting relatives in John Street, Shoreham.

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Stanley (extreme right) treats his employees to lunch in Bungalow Town, Shoreham

It seems he also had an eye for other opportunities as a Daily Express report during the 1920’s revealed. The Thames Conservators were at that time considering various schemes to prevent flooding along the river’s course in the capital and Stanley proposed opening up parts of London near the Thames to absorb the river’s waters during times when flooding threatened. It was not adopted but is a solution that in these days of rising sea levels is now being given more credence.

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As a successful and obviously hardworking businessman forty-year old Stanley perhaps found little time for a social life or just had not considered marriage but, whilst in the capital, he finally met and married Geraldine Spence at St. George’s church, Hanover Square in 1923. Whether or not he ‘worked hard and played hard’ in the past he certainly ‘played’ more since marrying Geraldine as the family photos increasingly show.

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Stanley and Geraldine are in the car on left at an unknown venue in the 1920’s

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By the time of this photo (in Devon) the couple had upgraded to an impressive 1924 Rolls Royce Landaulette and an Eccles mini-caravan.

The Winton brothers and sisters were a close family and even seemed to spend some of their holidays together. Certainly Stan’s nephew Geoff accompanied him and Geraldine as the following images show and other contemporary photos from the related Hedgecock and Spence family collections suggest that in 1930 they all made their own way down to meet up at the holiday venue.

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Superb period shots of the Wintons on holiday in Cornwall 1930. In the lower picture with their later caravan (another Eccles model) are Geraldine, Stanley and their nephew Geoff Winton (Geoff and his brother Hubert were ultimately to be taken on by Stan to help run his business).

Thereafter business continued to prosper and his improving fortunes led to him purchasing land at Lancing, just a mile or so from his parents’ house in Shoreham. The grounds are approached by a drive that rises to the entrance above the Lancing/Shoreham seafront road and here Stanley built for himself the imposing house that stands there now.

Either he was a genuine ‘buy British’ only man or perhaps he was seeking publicity for his business as when he first erected this building (he named it ‘Brinecourt’) it received the attention of the local press. During the building of it Stanley had turned away deliveries of the building materials because the delivery lorry was not British or the materials were manufactured abroad. In the end he got his way (and publicity), the suppliers changed their fleet of lorries and the replacement materials were British made.

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A later photograph showing Stanley in an Austin car behind the Lancing house – the balconies still remain.

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Top:- The area behind the house before the carriages were brought in.

Below:- The same view with the easternmost Pullman carriages

The land at Lancing was considerable and faced directly on to the beach – the local holiday camp was nearby as was a railway carriage works and perhaps these gave Stanley his idea to purchase the land in the first place. He installed a number of redundant Pullman railway carriages that he had purchased which were put together with their own entrance porches built on then fitted out with bedrooms and living quarters to create his new holiday venue. The nearby holiday camp only provided basic accommodation, mainly in tents – by comparison the carriages were luxurious. Although the carriages have long gone the area is still in similar use today and we know it now as the Golden Sands Caravan Park.

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Looking south-west. An interesting contrast of summer and winter.

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Looking north-east from the beach. New Salts Farm can just be made out in the centre-left distance.

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A visit from Stan’s sister Myrtle (left), Sam Maple’s wife May, Sam his nephew and Myrtle’s husband Sam Foster.

The London haulage company’s depot was in the Docklands area at Bermondsey and during the Second World War inevitably received damage during the intense blitzes of 1941 that destroyed many of his vehicles. His resourcefulness however not only enabled him to locate and purchase replacement vehicles to save the business, not an easy task in wartime, but also gave him the opportunity to secure new contracts at a crucial stage of the war.

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A post-war advertisement announcing the company’s return to their Dockland premises.

Stanley and Geraldine (Gerry to the Wintons) were never to have their own children but Stanley was very loyal to his siblings and their offspring. Besides employing his brother’s two sons at his haulage company he was also later to provide accommodation for some of the older members of the Winton family (i.e., his sister Pansy and sister in law Mary) in their retirement at the other houses at his Lancing site.

Stanley had worked hard and deservedly earned a good life enjoying his own yacht, his Lancing property, the haulage business and a second grand house in Henley on the Thames. Sadly his later years brought with them some controversy within the Winton family. It was at Lancing that his wife Gerry died in 1959. He, it would appear, remarried in Brighton to Mildred M. Lob just a few months later the same year and subsequently died in 1964 at the good age of 81. He left his entire estate to his second wife an action that led to much resentment and ill feeling amongst the remaining Wintons.

Roger Bateman

Shoreham, September 2012

 

With grateful thanks to Jon Spence for his permission to include the majority of the photos in this article. Jon has much more to see at:-http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonspence/