1930s memories

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I wonder if readers could help with my very early memories of Shoreham?

I was born at 5 Southdown Road in October 1934 and moved away in 1936, so I don’t remember much!

I have never returned until a few weeks ago, when I went looking for sights about which my parents had told me.

First off was Southdown Road – a road where some serious renumbering has occurred over the years. Eventually, I worked out that in 1935, 10 Southdown Road on the west side was a double-fronted house owned in 1935 by Chapman the Photographer. The house is still there and so I was able to count back to find what was No. 5 – now 29 Southdown Road.

On then to the church where I was baptised, St Mary de Haura. What a beautiful and ancient building this is, and still with the very font used for my baptism.

The vicar explained that it had been moved in 1947 from a side chapel to the main aisle and it was no longer on its stepped raised base.

Next, to the Schooner Inn on the High Street, now the Suters Yard pub. In 1934, the Schooner was kept by Alfred Wise, who became my godfather.

Now, to the crux of my quest. Opposite the Schooner (Suters Yard), my father Albert Perryman had a small café called the Eight Bells, at number 64 or 65 High Street.

The family had a photograph of him standing outside the café in his ‘whites’ and sharpening a carving knife. He did this on occasion to indicate to the passing trade that he was about to carve the roast and lunch was being served.

He mentioned that very high tides would flood his kitchen and I had the impression that it was alongside Ship Street Gap.

I was sorry to see that there was nothing at all left to show how the Eight Bells might have been then. Does any reader have any knowledge of, or old photos of, the Eight Bells as it would have been around 1934?

The only thing I have is an advertising pencil marked: “Eight Bells for grub. Shoreham. Phone 62.”

John Perryman

Pavilion Road



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