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1964 – Liberal Leader Jo Grimond in Lancing Jemima Bland (Liberal Democrat Candidate for East Worthing, Sompting, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Portslade) contacts to say “Dear Andy, Could you share a historic photo with your readers on the website and facebook? Thought they might be interested in this Liberal Lancing history, on South street, Lancing. You can find the photo and details here: http://www.jemimabland.com  Many thanks, Jemima Bland"

Worthing Heritage Trails Project Launched  NLCA member Sue Wellfare contacts to say "Had this email today from Sussex Family History Group, and just wondered if any of it might be of interested to our members .. the volunteering as guides part .. or just for information as a website is quoted at the bottom" more
A27 BY-Pass project October 1988 by John Walker
In 1985 the Secretary of State for Transport appointed Consultants to carry out a fresh study of the A27 trunk road in Worthing and Lancing. A full report showing four possible solutions for improving the road together with the Consultants recommended solution has now been submitted to the Secretary of State more
Above and below. John writes I thought you might like to see the attached photo’s of my grandparents former home where I was born in 1943. The Old Posting House as it was called then was much loved by them and I can recall vividly story’s that both Maud, Vincent and Joan my mother had there. Of course all have since left us but the house is still there thankfully but sadly not all the land it stood in. Kind regards John Hughes. PS. Both photo’s taken looking to the south ... many thanks John!
Lancing College and the Dieppe raid In 1940, staff and pupils of Lancing College were evacuated to Shropshire. The War Office then requisitioned the school buildings and HMS King Alfred, the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserved moved in. The buildings were soon put to use, the chapel became their "stone frigate". The Admiralty had purchased about 18 Walls Ice Cream "stop me and buy one" pre-war tricycles which were converted into little ships (with the addition of a chart table and compass above the former ice-cream cool box) more
Piffard and Shoreham Airport On the morning of Saturday 18th September 1999, O.L. Day, a helicopter from Shoreham Airport re-enacted the first manned flight that had taken place there in September 1910. Harold Hume Piffard OL (School House 1877-83) built and piloted the very first aeroplane to fly from Shoreham, spurred on by the offer of a crate of champagne from Alfred Evans of the Sussex Pad Inn more
Closure of Halewick Lane "tip" in Sompting, 2006 On 31st December 2006, the Sompting waste site at Halewick Lane was closed. Over many years the site has been used for landfill (burying domestic waste in the ground), a recycling point and centre and an amenity point for residents to leave "waste and rubbish" more
Wlencing - The founder of Lancing? The more you consider the history of the Lancing and Sompting area, the more you realise that "they" have been here. "They" are the Neolithic people, Celts, Romans, Saxons and Normans. Their legacy are artefacts such as tools, and buildings such as Temples and Churches. Could one of them, the Saxons, also have left us the place name of Lancing as well? more
Fire on Lancing Industrial Estate in the 1970's
John, who lives in The Street, North Lancing  passed along these photos to share. They are of a large fire on the Lancing Industrial Estate, possibly in 1973 more

The history of Lancing Methodist Church This history of Lancing Methodist Church was written by Eve Farrant towards the end of the last millennium. I was helped on this article by Ros and Maureen who added a short appendix at the end of Eve's original article to bring matters up to date. Many thanks to all concerned!  read more


The Carriage Works at Lancing played a major role in the history of the village, but its arrival in 1912 was greeted with uproar as residents saw their picturesque village turning into an industrial area.  When the closure was announced in 1962, however, the fight to prevent it was fought just as zealously.  This was not surprising as the Works had brought a great deal of employment and money to Lancing.  read more


“Schooldays are the happiest days of your life” says the quote. I wonder how true this is? I say this because I have recently had the pleasure of discussing with John Goodman part of his schooldays. John was a pupil at North Lancing County Primary School in the 1950’s.  School in those times was, well, different to today! This was a time of pens with real ink, bottles of milk with a straw at break time and tables and spelling test – sometimes every day  read more
The History of The Bell Memorial Home Walk along South Street in Lancing towards the sea and you will pass The Bell Memorial Home or “The Bell” at it is affectionately known. The Bell has been caring for over 100 years. This short history reflects the marvellous story of how sheer will power, love of the common people and professionalism created a home that gained national recognition. Always at the heart of The Bell has been caring. Caring that has continued for well over a century. Caring that need to continue in the different but still socially challenging world of the 21st century read more
The day a "Queen Mary" came to Lancing My guess is that the photograph was taken 1964, probably from the roof of the "Luxor" cinema. Interestingly the present route of the 7 bus means that it does not cross the level crossing but goes along Sompting Road instead read more
Linda remembers growing up at Orchard Cottages, Sompting "Hi Andy, I have a look at your web site every day, I particularly look forward to the picture you post daily of somewhere in Sompting or Lancing. I was born along with my brother and sister in number 11 Orchard Cottages West Street Sompting ....... "  read more
Warrior Birds of Sussex Yet when you are past all of the bowling greens in front of you is sunken garden feature (pictured  left). Planted with conifers and herbaceous shrubs it is most attractive and hold a little known memorial from World War 2. Not to the brave men and women but to Warrior Birds who gave their life in active service 1939-45 read more
claudius.gif - 8382 BytesRoman Temple on Lancing Down in West Sussex The original Temple was probably built before the Roman Invasions of 55/54 bc and 43 ad by Celts. Probably this Temple was a simple (but still important) stone platform on which offerings and other worship rituals were undertaken. Coins and votive objects (votive = an object used for a ritual or worship) such as bowls, cups and an urn from this period have been found read more
1958 House prices in Lancing Back in 1958, AC Draycott were selling new houses and bungalows in our area ...  read more
Postcards from a Lancing dad to his son serving in Aden in the 1960s  "Sorting out some old photos this morning and came across these postcards.........some had been sent to me by my Dad as reminders of what was happening in Lancing whilst I was on service in Aden".  read more
Brenda's memories of Lancing "I remember going to Monks Rec. to take some ones dog for a walk. He was called Jaffa, I think he was a yellow retriever. Maybe that is where I get some of my dog connections from. I loved my holidays in Lancing and that is why when the opportunity arose I moved here" read more
Coombes Church is a little downland treasure "On the slope of the Downs at Church Farm, it has served the people of this tiny parish for nearly a thousand years" read more
Lancing College and the Dieppe Raid 1942 "I am convinced that this was the direct result of lessons we learned at Dieppe..." read more
The Great Storm of 1987 "In a few hours over 15 million trees were felled in Southern England and 16 people were killed" read more
Lancing and Sompting in the Domesday Book "he fully expected to be made King of England as per the agreement with Edward read more
Ralph Mynn writes The story of the Halewick Lane rubbish site (below) had me thinking a bit as before this time when I lived at Mickey Mouse town ( Hillside road), Linfield's nursery occupied most of the valley. My mother, sister and I were evacuated to Sompting from Peckham, London toward the end of 1940 shortly after my birth, my father was in the RAF. My mother worked at the nursery through the war and I can just about remember being taken there and sat on the ground whilst my mother picked radishes. The rubbish dump I remember was the triangle of land between Steepdown Rd and Halewick Lane which was gradually being built up in height over years, and in fact I can see on Google Streetview that the buildings there do sit up high on an embankment.

. Originally I was schooled from the age of 3 1/2 at the Convent on the corner of West Street and Dankton Lane opposite the Rec, I see on Google that at least the house used as the Convent is still there although the very big Monkey Puzzle tree has vanished. Aged 8 I transferred to North Lancing Primary when the Convent closed and the nuns went to live in Wales. The route was along Valley Road and across the developing dump past Nurse Mitchell's bungalow into Halewick. The first bungalow on the right at the top of Steepdown was different from the others in Sedbury that had been built pre-war, it was fairly new then and occupied by the District Nurse, Mrs Mitchell and her husband. They built a single leaf breeze block wall higher than my then head height all round the south side and across the back of their very large garden. If you clambered up and peeked over you would have been surprised to find that the whole of the garden was lined with rabbit hutches against the wall - meat rationing was very much the order of the day and many folk had their ways of supplementing and selling off surplus. For our own part we and others in the road had chickens and rabbits and to renew and refresh stock meant a trip to Steyning Market on a Saturday occasionally, not by bus but walking across the Downs there and back ! The way back was a lot harder than going with the new stock. In time I could ride a bike via Coombe to Steyning which was a lot easier and that became familiar territory later when with friends I'd go digging Ragworm out of the Adur for fishing bait and for sale to the tackle shop in Worthing. On one occasion I stood too close to the ferret hutches at the Market and felt this wet nose against my rib, the beast had eaten its way through my jacket and vest and in all the excitement of the bidding I hadn't noticed.

The other dump that was operated at that time in the 40's was in the upper part of Dankton Lane. If you take a line directly westwards from the end of Valley Road across the field there was a large clump of trees, which still seem to be there, in the lane which surrounded an old chalk pit. This was the terminus for the cess pit trucks and was filled with a green evil smelling liquid, which strangely never seemed to soak into the chalk and was probably the reason for the lush vegetation and strong growth in the surrounding trees. In those days there was never any signage to warn of a health hazard, just a five barred wooden gate with a bit of barbed wired stretched along its top rail, and it became the place to hide as it was reckoned that no one else would go in there ! All the fun came to an end when I got a place at Worthing High School in 1950 and very sadly a return to the Smoke in 1955.

I went back to Worthing in 1995 for a job contract and took the opportunity to tour around a couple of evenings and was somewhat surprised to find Steepdown Road not much changed. The field on the left was now arable and one big field not pasture where the cart horses had grazed and the annual fun fair took place. Mr Sparkes' farm house on the left still there and the green triangle at the beginning of Valley road had lost the concrete emplacement that was an air raid shelter. The A27 had become what it had originally intended to be before the war a major arterial road, though it had always been dualled between Sompting and the Downlands hotel, with traffic rushing at great pace - so different from when I could safely cycle to Worthing High. Does anyone remember King George VI and the Queen riding westwards along the A27 in their Daimler, I can't remember what the occasion was but the schools emptied out and we all waived our Union Jacks, possibly 1948 ?

One thing I would like to ask is if there is anyone out there who went to the Health Camp School near Horsham in 1950/51 that was operated by the Sussex councils I would love to hear from you. I had to delay my admission to High school for a year because of the baby boom in 1940, preference given to those born earlier that year. Why it was called a Health Camp I have no idea as in retrospect it was an overspill school with a lot of outdoor activities. It was somewhere west of Horsham in the Itchingfield / Five Oaks / Barns Green area and I have had no luck in finding any references to it, it's almost like it didn't exist,.I do remember the headmaster was Mr.Olerenshaw, a northern gentleman, who was very handy with his swishy cane.

This story has come about because a friend where I live mentioned that the Ironstone Railway at Hunsbury Hill, Northampton, which is local to me, has two carriages from the double decker electric train that was built at Lancing Carriage Works. I visited the Works on an Open Day with an employee, a Mr. Rutherford who lived along Howard Rd. in 1948 and seeing this very train being built. I also travelled on the train regularly through 1958 / 62 to and from college and I thought I should look up Lancing to find any references. There you go ! 17/05/12
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