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Street Plan of Worthing c1830 Featured Print

Street Plan of Worthing c1830

Shows Warwick House and gardens, Wortley House, Marine Library, Sea House Hotel, and New Town (built c1820s on what is now Clifton Road). Interestingly, Union Place is called 'Union Street', which there is no reference to it ever being called. It is not as detailed as the 1826 / 1832 Wallis plans, but is charmingly coloured in watercolour. The Worthing Map Story does not make any mention of this plan, but it does refer to the early street plans as not always being perfectly accurate, as they were usually copied from each other. This does make dating the plan an inexact science, as the absence of a building does not mean that it was not there at the time. It appears to be earlier than the Broadwater Tithe Map of 1848, and is later than the early 1820s, as it shows Ambrose Place. The northern section of Chapel Road (Teville Road to Winton Place - Bo-Peep Lane at time, and unmarked) is called North Street, a name it lost in 1836. The western end of Montague Street is described as 'Cross Lane', a name it retained until c1820 (it is Montague Street on the 1826 Wallis plan). The lack of detail on this map compared to the 1814 and 1826 plans does not necessarily mean that it is earlier than either of these, as there are buildings on this plan that date it to the late 1820s, early 1830s.
Printed Maps Collection
West Sussex Record Office Ref No: PM 929

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Presentation of a tank in South Street, Worthing Featured Print

Presentation of a tank in South Street, Worthing

Presentation of a tank in South Street, Worthing, c.1919. People crowd around a military tank on which several men in military uniform are standing. The tank was presented to mark the town's contribution to the war effort during the First World War. The town hall is in the background. Businesses to the right of the town hall include Godden's Antiques, a mews and garage, and a shop with a sign reading 'Hilton'. On the left is Patching & Co. Undertakers, Decorators and House Agents. Walter Gardiner Photography Collection, PP/WSL/WGNG000014. WSCC Library Service Photograph and Picture Collections.

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Sgt Babbage lighting a cigarette, Bognor, 26 Aug 1940 Featured Print

Sgt Babbage lighting a cigarette, Bognor, 26 Aug 1940

On the beach at Bognor Regis close to the pier, the rescued pilot is accompanied by policemen and soldiers. Sgt Cyril Babbage belonged to 602 City of Glasgow Squadron, based at Westhampnett. He was shot down in his Spitfire off Bognor during the Battle of Britain. The pier can be seen in the background; the central section is missing, removed to prevent the Germans from using it as a landing stage.
L'Alouette Collection
West Sussex Record Office Ref No: L'Alouette/A/1/3/21

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