This page provides the details of books and other material that have been published by members of the Forum. It will showcase the work that Forum members have done so far as well as providing details of from where the listed books and other material can be obtained if that is relevant. In that sense the page acts as both a library and a shop window.
If any members have publications that they wish to promote here, please contact the Forum Coordinator, Mike Burt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowfold Village History Society
Cowfold – The History of a Sussex Village
This book records the over 780 year history of Cowfold and is the story of the people who have lived in and around the village and have made it what it is today. It chronicles the development of the village from a small settlement in a clearing in the surrounding dense woodland through the emerging village growing up around its Church and heavily influenced by the surrounding farms and manors, to the self-sustaining community of the 19th and early to mid 20th century, and to the diverse and thriving village of today.
A small stock of the book is held by Mike Burt and retails at £9.99. To purchase a copy please contact him by email:
This new book tells the story of Cowfold during the momentous years of WW2 and is a tribute to the fortitude, patience and heroism of the villagers, in particular the women, who tried to maintain as normal a life as possible in the face of the threat of invasion, and of the wartime restrictions in particular rationing and the blackout, and who ultimately prevailed. The story is built around the memories of eleven people who were children living in and around the village at that time with ages ranging from under five to teenager. It is those memories which bring the village story to life.
The book, priced £12.99, is available from Horsham Museum, the Camelia Botnar garden centre, other outlets in Cowfold, and from the author, Mike Burt at:
Nuthurst Local History Society
Henry (1871-1926) married Alice Wickens from Mannings Heath and painted many
scenes of the village and surrounding area. This small booklet provides more details of him and 9 of his works.
Allen Flint was a remarkable man who had the great benefit of seeing his village of Mannings Heath change over the 95 years between his childhood in the early 1900s to his death in 2007. A great character steeped in the ways and workings of the countryside and blessed with an exceptional memory he was recognised as the local historian of his time. These are his memoirs, written in 1991.
An account of the background to the erection of this little Mission Church in Mannings Heath in 1881, together with its progress over the years, leading up to an extensive a splendid refurbishment in 2008. Fully illustrated in colour. 22pp.
Hannah wrote her Sketches in 1894/5, when she was in her early 50s. They recount episodes of her days walking in the beautiful wooded countryside around Mannings Heath. They are wonderfully descriptive and poignant.
Steyning History Society
Lives, Loves and Letters – The Goring Family 1743 – 1905
In 2004 Harry Goring, owner of the Wiston estate in West Sussex, came upon a wooden Estate box that had lain unopened for many years. It turned out to be completely full of Victorian letters, tied in small bundles and carefully conserved by his father and uncle, John and Francis Goring. Harry passed the box over to his sister Jane, who found that the letters had mostly been written between the years 1743 and 1905 by their great-great-grandfather Charles Goring, his family and their many descendants.
The letters, written on the thinnest of writing paper and frequently overwritten when the writer ran out of space, were a challenge to decipher. Jane and four friends undertook this task and as the pile of transcripts mounted it became apparent that here was an unique story emerging that needed to be made into a book and published.
The letters are a rich mix of Victorian domestic life in country houses, rectories and a Bishop’s palace in Malta. There are letters from schoolboys and students to their parents, descriptions of Mediterranean voyages, wild boar hunting in Morocco, railway journeys in Scotland, celebrations, courtships, marriages, births of children, ailments, tragedies and romance.
“Lives, Loves and Letters” is the story of the Goring family of Wiston, Sussex from the reign of King George lll to Edwardian times. Through these fascinating letters, and the story written around them, a window opens on to the lives of the Goring family and the ages through which they lived. Their personalities shine through the words on the pages giving us, readers from later generations, a true sense of the people involved.
Lives, Loves and Letters; The Goring Family of Wiston, Sussex, 1743-1905 is illustrated throughout with family portraits, watercolours and sketches painted and drawn by members of the family.
The book can be purchased from the website: www.liveslovesandletters.co.uk, from Steyning Bookshop and from Steyning Museum at a price of £20.00 (plus £3.40 p&p for 1-2 books). Alternatively Janine Harvey can be contacted on email@example.com.
Beeding and Bramber Local History Society
Bramber, Glimpses of a Village (1996), Edited by Alison Noble
Published by Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, £3
Includes chapters on Bramber Castle, St Nicholas’ Church, the Castle Hotel, Potter’s Museum of Curiosities and St Mary’s House. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beeding, History of a Village (Third edition 2015)
Published by Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, £7.50
Chapters on the Priory of Sele, St Peter’s Church, Baptist Beginnings, the Towers Convent, the primary school, the High Street, Hyde Street, Public Houses, Manors and Manor Houses and the History of Small Dole. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
World War Two in Beeding and Bramber, (2018)
Published by Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, £6
Chapters on the Home Front in Upper Beeding, Bramber, Small Dole and Edburton, the War Memorials and the Fallen. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The People of Beeding and Bramber in the Great War, (2016)
Published by Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, £12
Chapters on the Home Front in Upper Beeding, Bramber, Small Dole and Edburton, the War Memorials, Medals, the Fallen, some of the Survivors (those who served and survived) and their families. Above all, it is about people and how they managed and not about fighting and battles. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Beeding and Bramber, Two Sussex Villages: A Study of the Probate Inventories, Wills and Accounts, 1613-1775 (2007)
Edited by Alison Noble, Janet Pennington and Joyce Sleight
Published by Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, £4
Based on the work of a group of students who learned palaeographic skills in order to transcribe the 43 inventories, 23 wills and three probate accounts in this book. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upper Beeding Millennium Map
£1.80 (includes cardboard roll)
Pictorial map of the parish of Upper Beeding (which includes Small Dole and Edburton). Illustrations with a wildlife emphasis, by local artists and children from local schools. Available from Pat Nightingale, Beeding and Bramber Local History Society, p&p extra. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Christ’s Hospital Museum
The History of the Band by Clifford Jones
In 2018 the band celebrates its 150th anniversary. It was founded in 1868 and it has become one of the leading school bands in the country, if not in the world. It is now a major and traditional part of the school and a fine advertisement for everything that Christ’s Hospital represents.
This booklet of 48 pages is fully illustrated throughout in colour. ‘It is a fantastic piece of work, sure to be a very valuable addition to the publication list, of great interest to many Old Blues and others.’ GA.
Price £9-50 per booklet + postage/packing, UK £2-50; Europe £6-00; rest of the world, £8-50.
For more than one booklet please add to the p/p charge as follows: for each extra booklet: UK, 50p; Europe, £1-50; rest of the world, £3-00.
Please send ……………copies.
I enclose a cheque for …………………………made payable to Christ’s Hospital, postal address: The Counting House (Museum), Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP
Orders can also be processed via PayPal. Please use the museum e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org and include your order request, name and delivery address in the PayPal message box.
Christ’s Hospital in the Horsham Era by Ken Mansell
In 1902 Christ’s Hospital moved from its six-acre site in the City of London to its new home set in 1,200 acres in the countryside just south of Horsham.
Now over 100 years on from this momentous change, Ken Mansell, who was at CH from 1953 to 1961, has produced a book which presents an account of the main events at the School (principally the boys’ School, but also with coverage of the Hertford girls’ School) during the Horsham era, including principally:
Settling in; two World Wars; changes in the mid-1960s and early 1970s; the merger in 1985 as the girls’ School moved from Hertford; into the 20th Century.
The book provides some historical information about the School, going back to its founding in 1552. It also gives brief biographical details of 475 notable former pupils (Old Blues) mainly from the Horsham era. There is in a addition a full list of all such notables across the 465 years of the School’s existence. In formation is also given on pupil number , where they were admitted from and the cost of their education, and on various Old Blue institutions.
This is a high quality, A4 hardback book of 144 b/w pages containing 185 illustrations and three tables. The book is published by Ashwater Press in association with Christ’s Hospital, and is majority funded by the CH Museum. Further details can be found at the publisher’s website, ashwaterpress.co.uk, or from the author at email@example.com or 020 8668 5075.
Price- £16. UK p&p £4. For overseas postage, please contact Ken Mansell (as above).
To order a copy please send this form, together with a cheque for £20 (payable to Christ’s Hospital), to The Counting House (Museum), Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, west sussex RH13 0YP.
Orders can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with payment by PayPal (no account needed).
Christ’s Hospital Pupils 1552-1902 by Ken Mansell
Did any of your ancestors attend Christ’s Hospital? Which CH pupils became notable in later life?
These and other questions can now readily be answered from the pages of this book by \\ken Mansell. The book gives the names of over 46,500 pupils admitted to the School between 1552 and 1902, together with their years of admission and discharge. The period extends from the founding of CH to the move of the London School to Horsham.
This is a high quality, A4 hardback book of 288 b/w pages containing 110 illustrations and eight tables. The book is published by Ashwater Press in association with Christ’s Hospital, and is majority funded by the CH Museum. Further details can be found at the publisher’s website, ashwaterpress.co.uk, or from the author at email@example.com or 020 8668 5075.
Price- £16. UK p&p £3.50. For overseas postage, please contact Ken Mansell (as above).
To order a copy please send this form, together with a cheque for £19.50 (payable to Christ’s Hospital), to The Counting House (Museum), Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, west sussex RH13 0YP.
Orders can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with payment by PayPal (no account needed).
The Sea and the Sky
The History of the Royal Mathematical School of Christ’s Hospital
Christ’s Hospital, now in the Sussex countryside near to Horsham, was originally founded in the City of London in 1552. In 1673, a department was established to teach boys the principles of navigation, in preparation for an apprenticeship and a career at sea.
Using mainly the original records dating back 400 years, this is a major new groundbreaking history of the Royal Mathematical School, nearly 350 packed pages of never before published accounts of its foundation, of the teachers and the pupils, from the beginning right
through to the present day. A book of history rather than mathematics, it is fully illustrated in colour throughout. It dispels the myth that Samuel Pepys started the school and provides completely new insights into his character and his work for Christ’s Hospital during the last thirty years of the seventeenth century. Full details are also provided of the extensive contributions made by Sir Christopher Wren, John Flamsteed, Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton and many others.
Within two centuries, some 2000 boys left Christ’s Hospital to travel the world, including Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, the West Indies and North America, on voyages of commerce and exploration, leaving many amazing stories to tell. One of the teachers in the 18th century was William Wales, who sailed with Captain Cook as his navigator on the Resolution towards the South Pole. At Christ’s Hospital, William
Wales taught and influenced Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the pupil who later wrote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In later years another boy from the school, Francis Drake, went to Antarctica with Captain Scott on the fateful expedition of 1912.
From cover to cover, the book is full of travel and adventure, fascinating to anyone interested in the sea and exploration. The author, Clifford Jones, is an Old Blue, a past pupil of the school. Already purchased by the National Maritime Museum and by Trinity House, this ‘truly remarkable’ book, is only available direct from Christ’s Hospital, priced at £25 plus postage/packing, payment by cheque. Alternatively PayPal can be used, using the email address: email@example.com for payment and details of your delivery address.
Price £25-00 plus postage/packing, per book, UK £6-00, Europe £15-00, Rest of the World (e.g. USA, Australia) £20.
Please send ……………copies of ‘The Sea and the Sky’.
I enclose a cheque for …………………………made payable to Christ’s Hospital, postal address: The Counting House (museum), Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP
Name and address:
The CH Heritage Series
The museum volunteers have published seven booklets in the CH Heritage Series. Each booklet is fully illustrated, has 48 pages and is meticulously researched. The great majority of the illustrations are of items which are in the collections.
The price is £9-50 per booklet, plus postage & packing £2.00 in the UK, and £5-00 abroad. For postage for more than one booklet please add a further 50p per copy in the UK, and £2-50 per copy abroad. These booklets are funded entirely by money raised by the volunteers, and all proceeds are for the benefit of the Museum.
Booklets may be ordered by sending a payment by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by making a cheque payable to Christ’s Hospital Foundation and sending it to The Counting House (Museum), Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP.
Friends of Henfield Museum
A Tour of Our Commons
This 66 page book with 58 illustrations, covering the three commons in the parish of Henfield is on sale at Henfield Museum priced £7.
The text in the book comes from a series of articles which appeared in the Henfield Parish Magazine between February and August 1916. They are the memories of an old inhabitant of Henfield, of Henfield, Broadmere, and Oreham Commons in the 1800s, and childhood memories of Henfield Common in the early 1900s. The book is illustrated with photographs and postcards of the commons from the 1860s to the 1950s.
Rudgwick Preservation Society
Rudgwick’s Great War, Volume 1: The Home Front and For King and Country
Volume 1 tells the story of Rudgwick before, during (in diary form), and after the war, followed by comprehensive coverage of the men and women of Rudgwick who served in uniform, including many more names than were commemorated on the war memorial, and nearly 200 others who came home.
Rudgwick’s Great War, Volume 2: Remembrance
Volume 2 is a collection of 114 unique biographies, in remembrance of relatives of current Rudgwick residents, spanning every theatre of war and the units in which they fought.
Both books are profusely illustrated with both Rudgwick and wartime images, many never seen in print before.
Volume 1: price £10
Volume 2: price £6
Both books together discount: price £14.
Published September 2018
The books can be purchased by emailing the Rudgwick Preservation Society using the contacts page on their website: https://rudgwick-rps.org.uk/contact-rps.
Rusper History Group
Rusper Chronicles Edition One May 2017
This is the first booklet to be produced by Rusper Chronicle. Two years ago several people interested in finding out more about Rusper, both through memories and written documents, started meeting on every second Thursday evening in the Rusper Village Hall. The idea was always to publish some of our research and discussions in booklet form – and this is Number One. We have all been surprised at what we have found out and we have discovered that the journey has been a lot of fun.
Rusper Stores is right in the centre of the village, so it seemed appropriate to find out more of its history. Then we were surprised to discover that Rusper was an important part of the Industrial Revolution through the iron workings at the bottom of the hill, though we struggled to imagine an area stripped of trees and full of mining activity. Rusper Church provided the focus for Nick Flint’s research into his predecessors. The pubs too are very much part of village life so research into their origins through Kelly’s Directories, the Tithe Map and Census Returns revealed some surprises.
We hope you enjoy reading our first booklet and that it may trigger your own memories to share. Everyone is very welcome to join us at our monthly meetings. Hopefully, all the information is accurate from the sources we have found, but if you find any inaccuracies or additional detail, please let us know.
Very many thanks to George and Viv Sallows who have provided the expertise to produce this booklet – we couldn’t have done it without them. Also many thanks to the May Day Committee for help with the publishing costs. The booklet cost just £2. For more details, please contact: Nick Flint 01293 871251, Margaret White 01293 871217 or Lynn Heydon 01293 871235
Southwater Local History Group
“SOUTHWATER – A TO Z” A Miscellany
Drawing on a wide range of archive material and the personal contributions of many local people, this book has been compiled to provide an insight into how our community has developed from a hamlet of scattered mediaeval farmsteads into the thriving community we see today. Compiled by Catherine Andrews and Patsy Laker
All copies have now been sold, but it is available on loan from local libraries
“Winning the Clay, an illustrated history of brickmaking in Southwater”
The book, compiled by Patsy Laker and Catherine Andrews comprises over two hundred pages charting the story of how, from small beginnings, brickmaking came to play such a central role in the life of the village and why the “Southwater” engineering brick became famous world-wide. We have brought together, for the first time, a wide range of archived documents, newspaper articles and maps, in addition to a wealth of photographs and the personal recollections of former employees.
All copies have now been sold but it is available at Southwater, Horsham and Worthing Libraries.
“Southwater Victorians – Lives and Portraits”
This book, compiled by Catherine Andrews, Joan Francis and Patsy Laker, comprises over one hundred and seventy pages of photographs taken from a Victorian photograph album, which a member of the long-established farming family of Charmans at Great House Farm began putting together during the second half of the 19th century, and it is thanks to one of their descendants that we have been able to “bring them alive” in print for those living in the village today. The book includes not only family members but other Southwater characters; the landlord of the Cock Inn and his pretty barmaid; the first stationmaster and his family; the Grinsted family, millers at Cripplegate; details of the vicars who ministered to the villagers, schoolteachers and a farmer’s son who left to fight in the American Civil War; as well as many more.
On Sale at £10 per copy (£ 14.25 inc P&P) from 12 Woodfield, Southwater RH13 9EN