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Shoreham Discussion / Shoreham in WW2
« on: October 11, 2020, 11:51:29 AM »
For Those in Peril (1944) was shown on Talking Pictures TV yesterday.  It briefly features Shoreham - a RAF Air Sea Rescue Walrus flying boat takes off from Shoreham, circles over East Street Shoreham and then heads to the Channel to collect downed RAF pilots... I won't spoil the plot.
There is a brief shot of two railwaymen looking up at the aircraft... are there any railway anoraks (no slight intended, I have many anoraks) who can identify the signals and height gauge in the background?

Shoreham Discussion / Index of images
« on: October 08, 2020, 12:30:28 PM »
One of the frustrations I have is that our Image Search system is not as good as I'd like it to be.  With most of our collections arranged in Wordpress Galleries there is a limitation in that searching for a specific image is difficult when the search results show the gallery in which a particular image is kept, rather than showing the image itself.  It is also no longer sufficient to have the title of the photograph including the subject... the Google search doesn't seem to reliably read titles in galleries.

So to provide a limited workaround I have published the Marlipins catalogue which you can search by invoking a text search. CMD+F
This may at least confirm if a photo is in the Marlipins/SAS catalogue of most of the SAS photos on SBS. It does not, however, extend to the other collections such as Wintons, Bartlett etc.  The link to the catalogue is also in the Imagery menu.

Shoreham Discussion / Victoria Road School
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:37:29 PM »
Latest post on Victoria Road School.  I don't have any group shots nor interior photos of the school. Has anyone? 

Shoreham Discussion / Southlands 1960
« on: September 08, 2020, 04:10:56 PM »
This was on eBay..

Shoreham Discussion / The forum has updated
« on: September 04, 2020, 12:19:32 PM »
Thanks to the generous assistance of Brighton resident Tony, we now have updated Forum software.  This has fixed a problem we had with NOTIFY functions... the email notifications for new posts and replies did not work and likewise new user registrations failed to send out confirmations.

The upgrade has also removed one of the technical barriers to allow us to upgrade the rest of SBS site to secure HTTPs web pages.  That move to a secure site will happen in the next week or so.

Shoreham Discussion / Southlands Workhouse and Hospital
« on: September 02, 2020, 05:57:58 PM »
Southlands is now the subject of a new article:

This is mainly some research, analysis of the evolution of the site, and some recent times recollections.  There are few authoritative sources so if you spot any inaccuracies or maybe details I have missed, then please do contact me about adding to the article.

I am publishing this page 60 years to the day since I was born at Southlands in the operating theatre between B and C wards at 10:17 in the evening.   21 years after that I was working at Southlands and was in the same theatre - timed to the second.   When I interrogated the operating theatres archive of old registers I found the entry for my birth, and logged in that entry was the name of one of the nurses who delivered me - and 21 years later she was now a sister in the new operating theatres working alongside me. (she didn't recognise me)

Shoreham Discussion / What's the story?
« on: August 29, 2020, 10:53:44 AM »
Guess where and what the story is?

Shoreham Discussion / RAF Truleigh Hill
« on: August 28, 2020, 06:39:42 PM »

This is a wonderful and comprehensive history of all things RAF Truleigh Hill - both the Radar installation at the top of Truleigh Hill and the Stoney Lane RAF Camp.  Thanks to Roy Taylor who researched and wrote the book - he has kindly allowed us to provide the book online as a PDF.

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 / 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 / Films in Shoreham
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:23:24 AM »
Vernon Sewell is a B-movie film writer / director of the 1950's who seemed to have an obsession with making films in Shoreham, that included the harbour, boats and often his own boat (which was berthed at Shoreham).   

His films to look out for that were filmed in Shoreham are:
Ghost Ship (1952)
and Dangerous Voyage (1953 / 54).
Rogues Yarn (1957),
The Battle for the V1 (1958),
Also see The Flaw (1955)

Here's a curious still from Dangerous Voyage  - recognise the spy's secret notes (and featuring a building on the spit with 2 chimneys)? The story was a bunkum about radiation, a bomb and missing stowaways from a salvaged ship in the channel.

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

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 / 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.

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