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SECRET HORSHAM
Maggie Weir-Wilson

The West Sussex town of Horsham, lying on the River Arun in the Weald, has given its name to the famous Horsham Stone. The area was known for its fossils in Victorian times and rival collectors of the day made important discoveries in and around Horsham, including three Iguanodons. St Leonards Forest on the edge of Horsham has also shaped the town, iron smelting taking place there from Roman times, as well as charcoal and brick making.

In this book author Maggie Weir-Wilson reveals the hidden history of Horsham. Unsavoury tasks were banished to the Common on the edge of town such public hangings, an
isolation house in times of disease and leather tanning, while the town centre was the home of several weekly markets and annual fairs. A dragon was reported to be stalking the area in 1614 and is now a symbol of the town. The area was also the home of the young Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, as well as William Penn, the founder of Pennylvania, and the radical poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

There are tales of ghastly crimes and punishment, the impact of wars at home and abroad, famous and notorious characters, writers and artists, poverty, industry and wealth, and more, in Secret Horsham as the author explores the little-known history of the town.

THE AUTHOR
Maggie Weir-Wilson is a local historian based in Horsham, with a particular interest in St Leonard’s Forest and the Horsham area of Sussex.

100 ILLUSTRATIONS

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2019
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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SECRET CRAWLEY AND GATWICK
Tina Brown

The Crawley and Gatwick area are fascinating, both have seen so many changes with the airport at Gatwick being central to this area, and now the second largest urban area in Sussex. Crawley has always been known as trade route with good connections both to the city of London and then down to the coast at Brighton The coming of the railways brought prosperity to Crawley and saw its first major expansion as well as the development of Gatwick race course and the original Gatwick airfield; the site of both has now been swallowed by today’s airport. After World War 2, the town was designated a New Town and has seen a vast increase in population and building to become one of the most important business and employment centres in the South East of England.

Crawley has many buildings of historical importance dating back to the 15th
century, and many Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings of all ages up to the present day. Settlements close by on the Weald that are served by Crawley also have many
secrets and stories connected to them, including numerous historical churches and manor houses. Gatwick airport itself and some of the buildings that surround the main terminal buildings today, such as the origins of the name of the Beehive
Public House in the South Terminal.

THE AUTHOR
Tina Brown leads guided tours in Hastings, Eastbourne, Middlesbrough and other areas in Britain, and has also worked with the council of Hastings to produce local trails books. She has written books on Haunted Hastings, Haunted Sussex Theatres and Haunted Middlesbrough. As well as running guided tours and her own
website, she also tutors evening classes on the history of Gin, tattoos and other various specialist history topics.

100 ILLUSTRATIONS

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2019
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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SECRET BEXHILL-ON-SEA
Alan Starr

The seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex is famous for its modernist 1930s De La Warr Pavilion but has a wealth of other fascinating stories connected with its history. Although still a small town at the start of the 19th century it was home to the King’s German Legion in 1804, made up of German troops who had escaped Hanover when taken over by Napoleon and who fought in the British Army. Later in the 19th century the De La Warr family transformed Bexhill into an elegant resort, the 8th Earl bringing motor racing to the town but also scandalising it with his two divorces. Author Alan Starr reveals the town’s connections with the Indian philosopher Krishnamurti and the Maharajah of Cooch Behar, who influenced building styles in the town, the Mysterious Cobbler who exercised his psychic imagination from his shoe shop, literary associations, including Spike Milligan’s time stationed in the town while in the Army, and much more.

With tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and tucked away historical buildings, Secret Bexhill-on-Sea will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of Bexhill.

THE AUTHOR
Alan Starr is a local historian in East Sussex. His previous book was Making History in Pevensey.

100 illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
PUBLICATION AUGUST 2019
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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A-Z OF EASTBOURNE
PLACES-PEOPLE-HISTORY
Kevin Gordon

The East Sussex seaside resort of Eastbourne at the end of the South Downs, alongside the famous Beachy Head, is largely a creation of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In the 19th century small hamlets in the area were developed by wealthy landowners, particularly William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, as an elegant planned town, and aided by the new railway connection to London the town grew rapidly. Visitors are still attracted to its unspoilt sea front without shops or amusement arcades and today it is one of the fastest growing seaside towns in Britain with an increasingly young population and is a burgeoning centre of industry, commerce and culture for the area.

A-Z of Eastbourne delves into the history of this Sussex resort, revealing interesting and significant moments in the story of the town. It highlights well-known landmarks and famous residents, and digs beneath the surface to uncover some of the lesser known facts about Eastbourne and its hidden gems. This fascinating A-Z tour of Eastbourne’s history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this popular seaside town in East Sussex.

THE AUTHOR
Kevin Gordon is a retired police officer who has a lifelong interest in Sussex History. He is the author of several Eastbourne and Seaford history books and has contributed many items for local newspapers.

100 illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
PUBLICATION OCTOBER 2019
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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Great War Barcombe
News from a Sussex village 1914-1919
edited by Ian Hilder BA FSG

Local historian Ian Hilder, introduces the reader to the inhabitants of a Sussex village
during the Great War in this well-illustrated and lively account.

By the end of the War, Barcombe, an agricultural parish of 1,277 people, had supplied 176 men to the Armed Forces, 36 of whom did not return. What was daily life like for those who were left behind?
Life certainly wasn’t dull, with the parish led by a smock-wearing squire, commanding a cyclists’ battalion, while promoting a resurgence of the sport of stoolball for wounded
servicemen. They are joined by a new Rector and schoolmaster and an unwitting
collaborator in the ‘Piltdown Man’ hoax.
Using articles from the Sussex Express, supported by contemporary images, postcards and documents, we follow village life from the eager volunteers of 1914 and their news from the front, to the fund-raising events for refugees and servicemen, and on to conscription and the military tribunals of 1916. The village plans a fete for convalescing soldiers, while Women’s Land Army workers make their first appearance on local farms.
Once the war had ended the parish began to consider how best to commemorate the dead, support the survivors and plan for the Peace Celebrations.

Paperback 246 X 189mm 248 pages
OVER 200 ILLUSTRATIONS, MANY IN COLOUR
Country Books
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Price £15.00

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East Sussex, Brighton & Hove:
Stone Age to Cold War
Kevin Newman

Many writers have written about the delights of the former kingdom of the South Saxons, its Downs, villages, countryside, people and their ways but Visitors’ Historic Britain is the first series of books to take readers on a tour of discovery of each of the county’s historic eras in turn.
Visitors’ Historic Britain – East Sussex follows its West Sussex predecessor and starts with the prehistoric era. We explore East Sussex from west to east, investigating both little known and well-visited sites that tell the story of our ancestors’ past. We encounter wild warriors, formidable founders of the county, indefatigable industrialists, excitable eccentrics whilst investigating the lives of Sussex and invaders and inhabitants.
Sussex is a country celebrated by writers, painters, royalty, artists and the millions who have enjoyed its changing coastline and verdant villages. Visitors’ Historic Britain – East
Sussex provides a unique series of journeys for those who are inquisitive about this quirky and history-changing part of the South-East.

The Author
Kevin Newman is a Sussex-born and dwelling author, tour guide, teacher, history
consultant, journalist and historian. A member of the Sussex Society of Authors, he has written school textbooks, for Sussex publications such as the Argus and Brighton and Hove Independent as well a range of books on Sussex. When not engaging people of all ages with the past, he escapes up on the South Downs on walks much shorter than Belloc managed.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 208 pages
FULLY ILLUSTRATED
Pen & Sword
ISBN

Price £14.99

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LOST BRIGHTON
Christopher Horlock

Brighton has grown from a fashionable resort in Georgian times, and a popular place to visit for Londoners once the railways arrived in Sussex in the nineteenth century, to today’s lively conurbation on the south coast. In this book, local historian Christopher Horlock charts the changing face of Brighton from the end of the Victorian era to the present day. Not only are many famous lost landmarks recorded, such as the Chain and West piers, Hanningtons department store and the SS Brighton ice rink, but also industrial premises, churches, schools, theatres and cinemas, plus trams, trolleybuses and branch railways.

Lost Brighton presents a portrait of a city and a way of life that has radically changed or
disappeared today, showing not just the buildings, streets and industries that have gone or changed, but also a way of life. This fascinating photographic history of lost Brighton will appeal to all those who live in the city or know it well, as well as those who remember it from previous decades.

THE AUTHOR
Christopher Horlock is an author and avid collector of old photographs of Brighton. He writes regularly for ‘Sussex Life’ magazine and has previously written history books for a local publisher as well Amberley.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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HOVE
THE POSTCARD COLLECTION
Trevor Cox

Hove, west of its immediate neighbour Brighton, was a small fishing village on the Sussex coast until its development in the early 19th century as a fashionable seaside resort for wealthy Londoners following the patronage of the Prince Regent, later George IV. Elegant Regency estates and large Victorian mansions were built in Hove, most of which survive today albeit as flats, and the town is also characterised by the wide boulevards and avenues laid down in that era. Sussex Cricket Club made Hove its home, as did Brighton & Hove Albion FC until it relocated in the 1990s. Hove has always retained its separate identity to Brighton, and today is proud to be a counterpoint to its neighbour.

Hove: The Postcard Collection takes the reader on an evocative journey into Hove’s past through a selection of old postcards which offer a fascinating window into the history of this historic town in East Sussex.

THE AUTHOR
Trevor Cox lives in Hove and has been collecting material on the local history of Hove for many years. He also writes for shipping magazines.

180 illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
Publication July 2019
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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HISTORIC ENGLAND : SUSSEX
UNIQUE IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF HISTORIC ENGLAND
Kevin Newman and contributions from Historic England

Sussex has been the home of everyone from dinosaurs and early humans, to holiday-
makers and the health-conscious. It has been Iron Age, Saxon, Viking and Norman battleground, gateway to England for invaders and home to monarchs, aristocrats, writers, painters and photographers. Since the 1750s it has also been the leading destination of those seeking coastal contentment or rural retreat. Boasting a backbone of seventy miles of the South Downs, beautiful beaches, and thriving resorts has meant the county maintains a warm place in many British hearts, and so many aspects of Sussex life have been captured on film or canvas.

In Historic England: Sussex, Brighton-born author Kevin Newman takes readers on a unique and illustrated journey through a personal selection of Sussex’s past using photographs from the Historic England Archive. Kevin brings his knowledge as author of numerous publications on Sussex to explain and bring alive photographs and illustrations ranging from the 1850s to the present day. Chapters focus on: Landmarks and scenery; Beautiful buildings; Public buildings; Entertainment and leisure; Education; People and their places; Work and industry.

THE AUTHOR
Kevin Newman is an author of history textbooks and he gives a number of historical talks and presentations when not running his organisation, All-Inclusive History. He also takes educational and corporate groups, such as Sotherby’s School of Art on architectural tours.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
FULLY ILLUSTRATED
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS
THE POSTCARD COLLECTION
Alan Spree

The town of Hastings, on the coast of East Sussex, was one of the medieval Cinque Ports on the south-east coast of England, benefitting from trade with Continental Europe. As the town developed into a seaside resort in the nineteenth century with the arrival of the railway, the adjoining settlement of St Leonards was built as an elegant new town to attract wealthy incomers. Hastings still operates a fishing fleet today and has grown into a large, culturally diverse town that welcomes many visitors to its ancient streets, historic old town and beaches.

In Hastings & St Leonards: The Postcard Collection author Alan Spree has drawn on a remarkable selection of old postcards to give a pictorial record of life in these towns in the past, from the Edwardian period to the end of the First World War. Although many landmarks have remained the same over the years, there have also been many changes in Hastings and St Leonards and the photographs show the towns and their communities adapting and changing over the course of this period. This fascinating collection of images will be of interest to those who have lived in Hastings and St Leonards or know them well.

THE AUTHOR
Alan Spree is the great-grandson of the postcard publisher John Henry Spree. Alan was born in Nottingham and went to school in Bilborough before moving to Portsmouth and growing up there.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
180 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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EASTBOURNE HISTORY TOUR
Kevin Gordon

Eastbourne History Tour offers a fascinating insight into the fascinating history of this town on the coast of East Sussex. Author Kevin Gordon guides us around its well-known streets and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they have changed over the years as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of
Eastbourne.

THE AUTHOR
Kevin Gordon is a retired police officer who has a lifelong interest in Sussex History. He is the author of several Eastbourne and Seaford history books and has contributed many items for local newspapers. Kevin is a trustee of Seaford Museum and the Chairman of the Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Historic Society. In 2016 he was appointed as the Honorary Historian for Seaford Town Council. He has been a volunteer at Seaford Museum for 20 years and maintains their Facebook page.

Paperback 168 x 124mm 96 pages
50 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £7.99

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BOGNOR REGIS PUBS
David Muggleton

Once a small fishing hamlet, the origins of modern Bognor Regis lie in the attempt by Sir Richard Hotham to develop this part of the south coast as a fashionable resort in the late eighteenth century. Hotham’s original profession is given in the name of the town’s JD Wetherspoon outlet, the Hatter’s Inn, while the pub originally called the Railway Tavern has recently been renamed the Hothampton Arms in memory of Hotham’s preferred name for his resort. The oldest pub still trading in the town is the William Hardwicke, which was
built by 1817 as the New Inn. Bognor expanded with the arrival of the railway in 1864, which led to the building of new pubs such as the Terminus and the development of those already existing such as the Alexander Tavern.

David Muggleton takes us on a walking tour of this seaside town’s finest pubs, taking in the ex-Berkeley Arms, now home to the town museum; the Claremont Inn, whose interwar interior makes it a CAMRA heritage pub of some regional importance; and the Punch & Judy, originally the Orlando, but recently renamed as a reminder of the Tony Hancock film The Punch & Judy Man, filmed partly on location in the town.

THE AUTHOR
David Muggleton is a professional lecturer and writer with a particular interest in pub and brewery history. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, Pub History Society, Brewery History Society and CAMRA. Over the years, David has gained an extensive knowledge of Brighton pubs both by drinking in them and by delving deep into local archives to uncover their fascinating histories.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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A-Z OF HORSHAM
PLACES-PEOPLE-HISTORY
Eddy Greenfield

The A–Z of Horsham delves into the history of this West Sussex market town. It highlights well-known town landmarks, famous (and infamous) residents and digs beneath the surface to uncover some of the lesser-known facts and hidden gems of Horsham. The town’s most significant landmarks and buildings include the Old Town Hall (scene of the Acid Bath Murder trials in 1949), the lonely tower of St Mark’s Church and Christ’s Hospital School, but Horsham’s story also includes tales of criminal, military, political, social and ancient history.

Famous names associated with the town include Barnes Wallis, Catherine Howard, test pilot Neville Duke and Percy Bysshe Shelley, but this book also unveils a darker underbelly to its history, including the time the town flirted with Mosley and his Blackshirts, why several residents were interned by the British government in the Second World War, how the population struggled against the plague and how Horsham was once the capital of political corruption. This fascinating A–Z tour of Horsham’s history is fully illustrated and will appeal to all those with an interest in this West Sussex town.

THE AUTHOR
Eddy Greenfield is a local historian based in West Sussex who has written for a number of local magazines in the Sussex area.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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A SONG FROM IRONWOOD
S. K. Cooper

The first published novel by a Sussex author whose main interests include folklore, fields and farms.
A Song from Ironwood is a modern story of romance and friendship and honour,
featuring a playful character who is not easily forgotten.
It begins in the summer of 1987, when two people return to Sussex to visit the villages where they grew up. Kate, the narrator, goes to the downland village of Eartham to stay a few days with her friend Sian, a horse whisperer, who lives close to Madehurst, which is where Kate was born.
Then, while the girls are perambulating the quiet rural places they know so well, and
reflecting on the events which led to their friendship, they meet a hunky guy who has a
motorbike, and an old man seeking redemption.
What follows is a tender paean to first love, interwoven with strands of Sussex history and legend, set among the Wealden villages south of Petworth, in the summer of 1914.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 178 pages
The book contains a list of old Sussex apple varieties.
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910389-68-0

Price £8.00

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GERAT WAR BARCOMBE
News from a Sussex village
Ian Hilder

By the end of the War, Barcombe, an agricultural parish of 1,277 people, had supplied 176 men to the Armed Forces, 36 of whom did not return. What was daily life like for those who were left behind?
Life certainly wasn’t dull, with the parish led by a smock-wearing squire, commanding a cyclists’ battalion, while promoting a resurgence of the sport of stoolball for wounded servicemen. They are joined by a new Rector and schoolmaster and an unwitting collaborator in the ‘Piltdown Man’ hoax.
Using articles from the Sussex Express, supported by contemporary images, postcards and documents, we follow village life from the eager volunteers of 1914 and their news from the front, to the fund-raising events for refugees and servicemen, and on to conscription and the military tribunals of 1916. The village plans a fete for convalescing soldiers, while Women’s Land Army workers make their first appearance on local farms.
Once the war had ended the parish began to consider how best to commemorate the dead, support the survivors and plan for the Peace Celebrations.

Paperback 245 x 190mm 248 pages
Over 200 illustrations, many in colour
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-61-1

Price £15.00

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THE SUSSEX TRUG
Form, function and craft
Sarah Page

Foreword by RAY MEARS

The Sussex Trug is a wooden basket made almost exclusively in one small area of East Sussex, using natural, sustainable, local materials. Trugmaker Sarah Page takes us into the lives of the makers and explores the fascinating history of the craft in the area. Follow each stage of trugmaking in words and pictures, and understand the traditional techniques of woodland management, whereby the materials for making trugs are sustainably managed.

An important and timely record of a declining way of life, the book is illustrated with stunning new photography and a wealth of archive pictures. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening, Sussex history or traditional crafts.

Hardback 184 x 141mm 192 pages
100 COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS
Otherwise
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Price £20.00

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UP THE DOWNS!
A runner’s celebration of the Sussex hills
Jack Arscott

When Jack Arscott first began to run the Sussex Downs he little thought it would turn into an obsession. Yet within months the chalk hills from Eastbourne in the east to the Hampshire border had provoked an ambition to test his stamina on the notoriously exhausting Moyleman marathon – a distance he had never attempted
before.
Our novice enthusiast charts a dozen of his favourite off-road routes, records the gruelling weather conditions.
Colourfully illustrated, and with hard-won tips on body management and running techniques, this burgeoning sport will appeal both to absolute beginners seeking
encouragement and to diehard veterans who will sympathise with every strained tendon.

Paperback 235 x 155mm 76 pages
22 pages of colour illustrations
Pomegranate Press
ISBN

Price £7.99

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FOREST, FOLKS & FAMILY POEMS
ASHDOWN FOREST AND ELSEWHERE
Rosalie Leng

Hilarity, sadness, jollity, lightheartedness, profundity and rhythm will be found in over one hundred poems brought together in this slim volume.

Through wartime and peace Rosalie, born at Haslemere in Surrey, has lived in Hastings, Trinidad and, for most of her life, in Crowborough. Being so near to Ashdown Forest, she has become more and more interested in its history, flora and fauna, and its conservation. She has worked as a volunteer for many years at the Forest Centre, as well as contributing poems to the ‘Ashdown Forest News’ taking many photographs during her walks there in all weathers throughout the seasons.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 142 pages
16 colour and B&W illustrations
Pitcairn-Knowles
ISBN

Price £9.50

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A TRUE HISTORY OF THE TWO NEARLY NEW TOWNS OF PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE
Stanley Bernard

For the first time, there is now a book showing how out of the village of Telscombe, the new town of Telscombe cliffs has grown, while the much newer Peacehaven born out of the old parish of Piddinghoe is more than just the coast road that most people see. Highlighted are the stories of people who have put the area on the map. In Telscombe
village there was Ambrose Gorham, the town of Telscombe cliffs was initially developed with the help of Ambrose Harman, while Arthur Harrison made a pioneering start of a new settlement at the Newhaven end of Peacehaven. There is of course the one man for whom Peacehaven is synonymous and that is its founder the entrepreneur Charles Neville, whose story has been largely rewritten in this book.

But for those who thought there was no history, a long look back to the earliest records of the area, show a fascinating insight into the lives of those who lived and worked in the area hundreds of years ago. There are also numerous pictures showing what life was like from the founding of the towns as they were in the 1920s through to just before the Second World War.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 154 pages
Fully illustrated with colour and B&W photos
Country Books
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Price £15.99

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VISITORS’ HISTORIC BRITAIN:
WEST SUSSEX
Kevin Newman

A unique approach to West Sussex’s history – this is the first book for those residing or
visiting West Sussex to take people on a series of journeys across the county’s different past eras – from west to east.

The book pays homage to great past Sussex travel writers such as EV Lucas and Hillaire Belloc by suggesting visitors attempt ‘Sussex without Sat-nav’ – ditching modern technology to use directions and maps, foot and cycle instead of merely cars and sat-navs.

The book provides suggested routes to explore the county an era at a time, provided by an author who has spent many years exploring the county’s well and lesser-known sites of interest.

Never before has such a comprehensive and varied selection of sites been collected together. VHS will provide even the most knowledgable Sussexian with new ideas for visits and days out.

The book supports local food, drink and hostelries with sections suggesting places to rest and revive as well as restaurants, cafés and  fine inns, with our ‘lunch locally’ and ‘Sussex stay-overs’ sections. We even discover a café that provides ice cream for dogs!

Paperback 234 x 156mm 216 pages
30 B&W illustrations and maps
Pen & Sword
ISBN

Price £14.99

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A HISTORY OF SUSSEX
Philip Payton

Sussex is and has always been, a terribly English place: pastoral and in many ways
genteel; rich in history, with much of it still evident today; quintessentially the England that draws so many to these isles from overseas.

Whatever the truth, this book presents a scholarly, accessible and important account,
admirably filling a gap in the published history of the county.

Paperback 243 x 169mm 320 pages
Over 140 colour illustrations
Carnegie
ISBN

Price £19.99

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NEWS FROM VICTORIAN NEWHAVEN
Stanley Bernard

Newhaven today is trying to revive itself but it can never get back to its heyday of the
Victorian era. This is the story of how the town grew into a major port with coming of the railway 1847, with a regular ferry service to France and Jersey from 1851. Houses shops and industry thrived until the end of the century.

This is not only the story of that development but also tries to look at live in general through newspaper reports of crimes that took place as well. Illustrated with many old pictures and is fully referenced, for further study.

The book came out the dissertation from his 2012 Masters Degree in local history awarded by The Open University. However all the academic work has been removed to make a more interesting read.

Paperback 210 x 150mm 93 pages
First published 2014
Amberley
ISBN

Price £12.99

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SUSSEX INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
Colin Tyson

At first glance the largely rural county of ‘Sussex by the Sea’ may not be the first to spring to mind when it comes to the subject of industrial heritage, but closer
inspection reveals that it had its fair share of extractive industries, such as early chalk quarries and lime works, thanks to the geology of the Sussex Downland, and from the interior Wealden Clays came brickworks and iron forges and furnaces.

At first goods moved on early turnpikes and by long-closed canals. Sussex was later at the forefront of transport developments, pioneering the world’s oldest electric railway and the world’s first air terminal building. Coastal fishing villages developed into large bathing resorts upon the arrival of the railways from London. The county has its fair share of surviving windmills and watermills from a more rural industrial past, as well as the ‘cathedrals of steam’ – the water treatment pumping stations, built to meet the needs of growing towns.

This book outlines the important place that Sussex trades held in the economy of southern England, and illustrates what remains to be seen today of past industries in what is now essentially a post-industrial era.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
180 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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A-Z OF CHICHESTER
Places – People – History
Philip MacDougal

The cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex has a rich and colourful history that stretches all the way back to Roman times when it played an important part in the Roman invasion. Its main city streets follow the original pattern laid out almost two thousand years ago while the buildings that line many of those streets, when not medieval in origin, most frequently date to Georgian or Victorian times.
Well-known local author and historian Philip MacDougal takes the reader on a fascinating A–Z tour of the city’s history, exploring its lesser-known nooks and crannies, and along the way relating many a tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, the A–Z of Chichester will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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SUSSEX TRANSPORT HERITAGE
Colin Tyson

Ever since the Romans built Stane Street, Sussex has needed strategic transportation as an aid to commerce and its ever-growing population. Sussex roads only improved with the arrival of the Turnpike Trusts, creating toll houses, coaching inns, milestones and bridges, while the rise of the private motor car brought filling stations. Waterborne transport has left its mark in the form of short-lived canals, locks and bridges, along with sea ports and docks. The railways then spread their network of main lines and branch lines and left a legacy of stations, signal boxes, goods sheds and impressive viaducts, along with light railways and narrow gauge industrial lines. Sussex can lay claim to Britain’s oldest electric railway, the steepest surviving cliff lift, the first municipally-owned motor bus operator in the world and is the destination of the longest-running motoring event in the world. Into the twentieth century and new forms of transport such as aircraft led to the building of airports. Gatwick – London’s second airport and the second busiest single runway airport in the world – had much more humble beginnings.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
180 RARE AND UNPUBLISHED IMAGES
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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SUSSEX BUSES
John Law

Southdown Motor Services, a subsidiary of the British Electric Traction Company, once
dominated the county of Sussex, with a history dating back to 1915. The National Bus
Company took over in 1969 and the company was split up in the 1980s, with the Brighton and much of the East Sussex areas becoming ‘Brighton & Hove’, bringing back memories of the former Tilling Group operator of a similar name. Brighton Corporation also ran buses in that town, as did neighbouring Eastbourne, both with fascinating fleets, though both concerns are no longer operating. The northern part of what is now West Sussex was the territory of London Country, particularly around East Grinstead and Crawley. In East Sussex, Maidstone & District ran most of the services around Hastings. Today Stagecoach and the Go Ahead Group are the principal bus operators in Sussex, with their operations supplemented by various small, but interesting,
independents.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
180 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

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SECRET EASTBOURNE
Kevin Gordon

The elegant Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort of Eastbourne has a long and
fascinating history. Kevin Gordon takes the reader on an enlightening and entertaining journey through the town’s past, delving beneath the surface to reveal dark deeds and strange tales with long-forgotten facts and amusing stories. Here you’ll meet royalty, abusive flower sellers and a bored saint, discover the murderous exploits of a teacher and even rioting salvationists. Secret Eastbourne lifts the lid on the hidden secrets that even many local people don’t know.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

Book 442 Image

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SERCRET HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS
Tina Brown

Secret Hastings & St Leonards explores the lesser-known episodes and characters of the town through the centuries. With tales of remarkable people, unusual events and tucked-away historical buildings, it will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this East Sussex town.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley
ISBN

Price £14.99

Book 441 Image

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