5 objects in 5 minutes: Objects selected, photographed and described by pupils from the school.Interactive game
"This miraculous prism crystal (quartz) caught my eye as it glistened in its glass cabinet." (Luca)
"This prism of clear rock crystal (quartz) is a majestic thing to look at because it glimmers like the sun in the case." (Jayden)
"An axe of a miracle from the Neolithic period. When you look at it, you can feel like warping through time and staring at how it was used. You can feel that history swirling around you. It’s do perfectly reconstructed, it looks like its never been touched. It’s a miracle of history!" (Emilia W.)
"Now, as soon as you take one small glimpse you’ll most likely know it’s of a fish, as this old artefact makes you think. What it like in the world when this was a living animal?" (Tristian Smith)
"Is cool because it looks like it would be a fish from this time like a clown fish." (Isaac Deacon)
"These scissors have been made with amazing care in the metal. If you look carefully into the centre of the artefact you can see it says the make of scissor." (Aaron and Sidney)
"This amazing love heart shaped locket has 3 photos, which are Arundel Castle, Littlehampton (The Parade) and the pier. You will find this is the seaside part of the museum." (Chloe Halfpenny)
"This amazing locket has 3 photographs of Littlehampton lighthouse another of Arundel Castle and also one of the Littlehampton Parade. The dark velvet outside red is formed as a heart with Littlehampton printed on the bottom. In the middle in gold there is a river with boats on. It is in a outlined dazzling gold, when you spread the beautiful locket, it looks like-an impossible to find 4 leaf clover." (Rosie Johnson)
Do you know who these famous historic townspeople are?Interactive game
Molly owned a cottage at the top of Arundel Road where she made and sold an exciting range of sweets for local children and adults. She was locally famous for her wares, and even the visiting sailors travelling into the harbour used to pop in to sample her delicious confectionery! Molly's cottage was sadly demolished when Clun Road was built in 1905.
Freddie Spencer was a well known seaside entertainer in Littlehampton during the 1920s and 1930s. His style was of the old 'music hall' greats, and one of his most popular characters was known as 'Mrs 'arris', a local snoop from the 'Sunday 'erald'!
Harry Joseph and his company of performers began entertaining Littlehampton audiences in 1892. During the Winter theatrical productions took place in The Victoria Hall in New Road, and throughout the Summer season Pierrot shows were staged on the Beach Green to great acclaim.
Mrs Blackbourne was a regular visitor to Littlehampton from 1895-1917, and she was a talented amateur cartoonist who was inspired by local stories and people. Her depictions of local characters and visitors to the town are often hilarious, and the Museum has an album of over 140 watercolour works which shed an invaluable light on the town during this time.
Louis Robinson was a member of the famous mariner family, and he began his seafaring career as an apprentice on board 'The Barque Trossachs'. This was the largest ship ever built in Littlehampton, by Harvey's shipyard, and apparently took the first sheep to the Shetland Islands. Louis was the Master of 'The Ebenezer' from 1902-15, the last ship belonging to the port of Littlehampton. Upon his retirement Louis became well known as a local fisherman.
Dr. John Candy was one of Littlehampton's leading physicians during the 19th Century. Having practised medicine since 1820, he went on to become the first Chairman of the Littlehampton Board of Health in 1855. This was a very early form of an NHS in the town, and it was said that Dr. Candy personally delivered many of the local townspeople into this world himself!
Can you guess where these photographs were taken? Hover over the images to find out more about your local area.Interactive game
Arundel Road connects Littlehampton to the parish of Wick, beginning at the top of the High Street and ending at Clun Road. This picture was taken c.1910, at the site of the min-roundabout near the Congregational Church.
This is an early sketch of Littlehampton's High Street, looking East towards the Museum. The sketch was meant to depict the High Street in 1870, with the artist standing roughly where the town's historic Arcade (built in 1922) now stands.
This unusual aerial photograph was taken c.1920s from the bell tower at St. Mary's Church, on Church Street. You can see Beach Road running off to the left, and the High Street heading west to the right of the image. Caffyn's butchers is clearly visible at the start of Beach Road.
It seems a little eccentric to have Western Road at the eastern part of the town, but when it was first laid out in the early 1800s it was part of the separate 'Beach Town' area, and was the road that lay south-east of Littlehampton proper, and to the west of 'Beach Town'.
This photograph of Norfolk Road, in the early 1900s, shows it as the bustling shopping street it was, almost a second High Street for the eastern area of the Beach Town area. The southern end of the road existed from the early 1800s, and the New Inn (to the left of the image) was built c.1802, and is one of the town's oldest surviving public houses.
This early photograph shows workmen laying sewer pipes in Wick Street in 1898. The pipes were laid by Duke & Ockenden, the famous Water Supply Engineers based in Littlehampton. The Council had debated the benefits of installing a sewer in Wick for some years before it was finally laid at this time. You can see historic Vine Cottage, built in 1888, on the left of the photograph.
Beach Road is so named due to its direct connection to the seafront area. It also connects the 'Beach Town' area to the High Street, and contains some of the most historic shops in the town. This view from 1900, looks North down the Road, from the standpoint of the present town War Memorial. Always a busy shopper's paradise, today it houses an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and small businesses.
River Road has been a thoroughfare in the town for centuries. It first appeared in Walker's map of 1822, with some of the most prominent townspeople taking up residence there over the years. The road has a direct view of the river and harbour mouth, which whilst picturesque, has historically led to flooding, as you can see in this image from 1924.
The impressive Roman Catholic Church of the same name obviously gives this Road its title, located in a prominent position, running parallel to Beach Road. The houses built on this Road are some of the most beautiful in the town with many of the houses featuring the traditional 'flint and brick' facade so particular to this area of coastal Sussex.
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