The dark history of Chichester’s Smugglers’ Stone

[This story was published on May 19 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/the-dark-history-of-chichester-s-smugglers-stone-1-7388409] Have you seen Chichester’s Smugglers’ Stone? It’s located down Broyle Road, close to Roussillon Park. You may have even walked past it without realising what it is. It’s got a dark and fascinating history – the Smugglers’ Stone was […]

Tales from the Archive: Chichester Cathedral from the sky

This story was published on May 5 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at bognor.co.uk/news/local/chichester-cathedral-from-the-sky-1-7375128] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] This photograph was originally featured in the Chichester Observer on Friday, December 9, 1966. It was a then-rare view of Chichester Cathedral. The caption pointed out that to the left, the circular […]

Tales from the Archive: The Mistress of Painted Dolls

This story was published on May 5 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/mistress-of-painted-dolls-revisited-1-7365136] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] Ann Parker, one of the world’s leading doll artists, spent several months in 1980 gathering together other talented, professional artists to form the British Doll Artists’ Association. Ann, born in Dublin in […]

Tales from the Archive: The Man Who Got Sunburn in January and the Fittleworth UFO

  This story was published on May 5 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at bognor.co.uk/news/local/man-who-got-sunburn-in-january-1-7365068] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] We’re well accustomed to the cold in this part of the world – so much so, that occasionally a bit of extra heat can be disastrous. One man who found this […]

Tales from the Archive: What are your memories of Girl Guiding in Chichester?

This story was published on May 5  in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/what-are-your-memories-of-girl-guiding-in-chichester-1-7364995] [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives]   Do you have memories of being a Girl Guide in Chichester? This photograph is believed to have been taken in the 1920s. Back in November, 1979, the Chichester Observer published this […]

Tales from the Archive: Plenty of Pigs

This story was published on April 2 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/plenty-of-pigs-for-mr-tom-shawyer-1-7352536 [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] A lot of people have a china pig sitting somewhere in the house. In 1966, however, Mr Tom Shawyer was king of the china pigpen with a grand total of 155 pigs. […]

Tales from the Archive: Putting back the clock in 1966 for the Michaelmas festivities

This story was published on April 2 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/putting-back-the-clock-in-1966-for-the-michaelmas-festivities-1-7352512 [All images: West Sussex Record Office archives] The Severn Bridge opens, England wins the World Cup, and the Beatles perform their last UK concert – there was plenty of history being made in Britain in 1966. In October, however, […]