Superstitions, old wives’ tales and the Devil: haunted histories at Brighton’s Preston Manor

[This story was published on September 2 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/superstition-haunted-histories-preston-man] Preston Manor’s current exhibition, Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain, is a suitable showcase for a place considered the most haunted in Brighton. Featuring a unique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents from […]

Remembering Russian Royalty

This story was published on August 18 in the Shoreham Herald. Read the original story at shorehamherald.co.uk/news/remembering-russian-royalty-at-shoreham-church-1-7527358] [All images: John and Jeannette Simpson] The 95th anniversary of the death of a mysterious Russian princess who lived in Shoreham will be marked at St Nicolas’ Church in Old Shoreham. John and Jeannette Simpson have researched the story of Lydia Yavorska, […]

Volunteers help unearth woodland’s secrets

[This story was published on August 11 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/volunteers-help-unearth-woodland-s-secrets-1-7518115] [All images: South Downs National Park Authority] Volunteers working on a project revealing the secrets of the ancient woods of West Sussex have spoken about their experiences unearthing the fascinating history of the South Downs. Secrets of the High […]

The daredevil dirt track racer of Eastergate

[This story was published on July 28 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/nostalgia-daredevil-biker-s-golden-anniversary-1-7496702.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] July 1989 was a special month for an Eastergate couple who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary – after love blossomed over a motorbike. Mrs Jessie Ennis, 80, then of Cherry Tree Drive, […]

Exhibition and trail map explore Chichester’s role in the Great War

[This story was published on July 21 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/exhibition-and-trail-map-explore-chichester-s-role-in-the-great-war-1-7485999.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office and Dr Ross Wilson] The team behind a heritage project exploring the role of Chichester in the First World War is hoping that the research outcomes will help residents to connect with the […]

Tales from the Archives: Pub’s place in history of Sussex smugglers

This story was published on July 21 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/nostalgia-pub-s-place-in-history-of-sussex-smugglers-1-7486021] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] Inns around the Sussex and Hampshire coast and countryside were often used as resting places by smugglers, and back in the 18th century what is now known as the Royal Oak at Langstone […]

Tales from the Archives: The old cottages at Knockhundred Row

This story was published on July 14 in the Observer series. Read the original story at midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/news/local/nostalgia-old-cottages-at-knockhundred-row-1-7474825.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] This picture shows old cottages in Knockhundred Row, which later became the Midhurst Library. Featured in the Observer in 1965, this picture was one of a collection to be shown at an […]