Tales from the Archives: 8th Century Burial Ground Unearthed in Chichester

This story was published on July 14 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/nostalgia-burial-ground-unearthed-in-chichester-1-7474792.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] A discovery of ‘international importance’ was made in Chichester in 1983. A 1,500 year old burial ground containing hundeds of graves was unearthed on farmland near the city. Archaeologists described the find as […]

Justice for Joan: Arundel’s cold case revisited in new book

This story was published on June 23 in the Observer series. Read the original story at bognor.co.uk/news/local/arundel-s-cold-case-revisited-in-new-book-1-7443395.] [All images: Martin Knight] An author has written a controversial book about an unsolved murder which took place in Arundel in 1948. The murder made world wide news at the time and continues to intrigue local historians today. After […]

The Forgotten Story of Shoreham’s Russian Princess

This story was published on June 2 in the Shoreham Herald. Read the original story at shorehamherald.co.uk/news/local/forgotten-story-of-shoreham-s-russian-princess-1-7416836.] [All images: John and Jeannette Simpson] [John pays his respects to the princess. Lydia’s grave is on the far left, with the carved figure illuminated by a ray of sunlight] The story of a mysterious Russian princess and her days […]

So you think you know The Trundle?

This story was published on June 2 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/so-you-think-you-know-the-trundle-1-7412607] [SDNPA guided archaeology walk for volunteers from Secrets of the High Woods on the Trundle Picture: SDNPA] New light has been shed on one of the best known landmaks in the South Downs National Park, thanks to the […]

Discover the role of Graylingwell Chapel in Chichester’s History

This story was published on June 2 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/role-of-graylingwell-chapel-in-chichester-s-history-1-7412588] Following the recent news about the developments set to take place during 2016 at Chichester’s Graylingwell Chapel, it is interesting to reflect back on the long and fascinating history of the building. Now known as Immanuel Church, the chapel […]

A very little history of mermaid hoaxes

For lovers of eccentric history, folklore, hoaxes and taxidermy, the heritage of fake mermaids is fascinating. As mythological creatures, mermaids have been cast as wicked women, beautiful temptresses, romantic heroines, and occasionally real-life marine curiosities. Mermaid ‘relics’ date back to the 17th century, when naturalist and traveller John Tradescant the elder featured a ‘mermaid’s hand’ […]

Love and the phonograph in 1965

This story was published on May 5 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/love-and-the-phonograph-in-1965-1-7399111] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] Romance just isn’t what it used to be – and by ‘used to be’, we mean brought about by the wonders of the phonograph. In April, 1965, the Bognor Man’s Diary feature […]