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Shoreham Discussion / Re: Where Is This?
« on: September 04, 2020, 09:38:42 PM »
No, sorry I did not do Southlands. I did Greenways Crescent, Garden Close, Parkside, New Barn Road, Downside, Hammy Lane etc. It was from a newsagents which was the end of the shop parade next to what is Uncle Sams. It was run by George (Baker?). On one of his hands he had the end of a couple of fingers missing, which he was very good at hiding the fact.
I do remember going to a fete in Southlands, held on open land which is now occupied by the main entrance from Hammy Lane. This would possibly be around 1960 and the fete was opened by the comedian Fred Emery, I think he arrived late. He later appeared in the film The Italian Job.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Where Is This?
« on: September 04, 2020, 08:42:52 PM »
The photo with the milk float is without a doubt in the Upper Shoreham Road/Greenways Crescent opposite Southlands Hospital. The attached photo shows the small window on the end of the parade of shops and the glass shop. The big chimneys are what I remember being a transport cafe, whether it had earlier been a pub I do not know. I did a paper round from a shop in the parade in the late 50's early 60's and certainly remember, what I am fairly certain was at the time a transport cafe, being demolished. I even went inside while furniture was being removed. The worker told me it was going to be a disco type place, he lied as they shortly afterwards started to knock it down. In the milk float photo the bushes are before Garden Close. I went past them many times going to do the paper round and clearly remember one very cold morning frost hanging from the branches. It looked beautiful, but it was so cold that when delivering one of the papers the house owner offered me a drink to warm me up. Hands and fingers were numb with the cold.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Hogsflesh
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:00:55 PM »
Not of much help, but just confused. If you look under 'Census, Directories' and then 'New Shoreham Baptisms' it shows for Martha Parsons born 1753 the father as John Parsons but the mother as Sarah not Ann!! Sorry if this makes your search more difficult.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Postcards within Postcards
« on: December 20, 2018, 10:15:13 PM »
As said in previous threads the photo of St. Mary's Shoreham is incorrect. I have decided the church was somewhere in Sussex and checked photos on the net. In the end I also decided the church was in a town beginning wityh 'S'. I will not say how many photos I looked at except it was very many. Eventually I found what I believe is the one shown as St. Mary's. It is St. Leonard's Seaford. I found this in the Francis Frith photos. The link is below and I think I have also attached the photo. If other agree it is the correct church it does not explain why the mix-up. Clearly we will never know.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:00:10 PM »
I think I can answer johnjohn. On the old bridge there were 2 lights on the Shoreham side (East Side) and 2 on the Lancing side (West Side). If you look at the meridian-airmaps-1980s photos then photo 0-11996-B-1.jpg shows the old bridge. Zoom in and you can see on the West end of the bridge a stone plinth either side of the road with a column on top. I believe these to be the lamps which johnjohn has seen at Paradise Park.

The new Norfolk bridge has no lamps at the West end of the bridge but still retain the old or replicas of the original ones which were at the Shoreham (East  Side) of the old bridge. Which means with the new lamp recently fitted then 50% of Rayna's objective, to get the lamps replaced, has so far been achieved.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Lamps on Norfolk Bridge
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:20:53 AM »
Rayna, good determination. Not certain if your job is 25% done or 50% done i.e. are there meant to be 2 lights on the other end of the bridge? You know me well enough to know I wish you the best of luck in getting all the lights replaced.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Harry Ricardo's Two Stroke Engine Co
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:00:12 PM »
This may not help too much to pin-down the date of the photos, but the photo EPW000766 contained in BritainFromAbove was taken in 1920. If you zoom in there is no sign of the 'Two Stroke Engine Co'. Perhaps not surprising as 9 years had past since the factory closed and there had been WW1. However, it does slightly help to fix the date of the previous photos.

Shoreham Discussion / Re: Church Pole
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:08:51 PM »
Seeing this photo reminded me of something my Dad told me and how times have changed with health and safety.

At the end of the 2nd World War my Dad worked for a local builder. To maybe celebrate the end of the war it was necessary for the flag to be flying at the top of the church, but the flag and flag rope had been taken down, I assume for the duration of the war. Dad was told to go to the church and see what was necessary to put the rope back through the pulley at the top of the pole. He arrived on his trade bike, was shown to the top of the tower and asked for the flag rope. He then put the rope between his teeth and shinned up the pole using arms and legs. At the top of the pole he supported his weight with his legs and possibly using the weather vane, put the rope through the pulley then back into his mouth and lowered himself back down the pole. He then secured the rope for someone to put the flag on.

To make the most of it he then went home on his trade bike, had a cup of tea then returned to work.

This would not happen to day.

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