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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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Royal Engineers bomb disposal team at work, [Mar 1941]

Bognor Regis. The men are tying a rope around an unexploded bomb, which has come to rest several feet below a kale field near Shripney Road. The bomb fell on 19 March 1941. A sign saying 'Danger Unexploded Bomb' lays close by.
L'Alouette Collection
West Sussex Record Office Ref No: L'Alouette/A/1/4/57

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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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