Tales from the Archive: The ‘Mermaid of Bognor’

[This story was first published online in the Bognor Observer on July 26, 19, 2018. The original story can be read here: bognor.co.uk/news/remembering-the-mermaid-of-bognor-1-8576908.] Did you know that Bognor Regis once had its very own mermaid? An article was published by the Observer in October, 1987, following a woman who took a trip down memory lane by […]

Tales from the Archive: The Seal Road bungalow poltergeist

[This story was published on February 7 in the Observer series. Read the original story at https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-the-seal-road-bungalow-poltergeist-1-8369726.] There were ‘queer things’ happening in Seal Road in February, 1958, reported the Observer. A Selsey bungalow to be let that summer had one extra amenity which was not advertised – a ghost. It had been haunting The Fairings, […]

Naval officer who helped to break the Enigma code

[This story was published on November 30 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/naval-officer-who-helped-to-break-the-enigma-code-1-8268267.]  A writer has told the thrilling story of a naval intelligence officer from West Wittering who helped to break the Enigma code. Marking the 75th anniversary of the Enigma codebooks arriving at Bletchley Park, which took place last Friday, […]

Tales from the Archive: Sea washes up witchcraft box, 1966

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-sea-washes-up-witchcraft-box-1966-1-7733015.] [Image: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in Egyptian setup performing a ritual in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn] A fascinating discovery was made on the beach between Bracklesham and Selsey in 1966. The Observer reported, in its October 21 edition […]

Richard of Chichester: ascetic, vegetarian, and patron saint

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/richard-of-chichester-ascetic-vegetarian-and-patron-saint-1-7734846.] Visitors to (and inhabitants of) Chichester may have walked past the statue of Saint Richard without reading the plaque on the ground near his feet. I know I’ve missed it several times before. It reads: “This statue of St Richard […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Tales from the Archives: Unearthing an iron foundry

[This story was published on September 8 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-fernhurst-iron-foundry-unearthed-1-7562966.] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] A fascinating history was unearthed at Fernhurst in 1989. Historical remains tracing the local iron industry in the 16th century were unearthed by a team of archaeologists. Experts were uncovering and cleaning up […]