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School log books from WW2

St Wilfrid’s CP School in Haywards Heath, Sussex, is fortunate in that it has logbooks for the years of the Second World War from the infant department, kept daily by the head of infants. The infant building also survives, standing at the junction of the two main...

Family Treasure: The Sideboard

My small sideboard is quite literally a family piece as it was made by my great uncle, Lawrence Crisp. Laurie was born in Deptford in 1883, but by 1890 the family had moved to West Wittering in Sussex. In due course Laurie became a carpenter and joiner, later taking...

“The Grocers, oh the Grocers”

In one of my favourite parts of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ the ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge through the streets of London, and just before they reach the Crachitts’ there is an evocative description of a grocer’s shop at...

The County Town of Lewes

Lewes is situated on the South Downs in the gap where the River Ouse flows southwards. It rewards exploration (provided you are good at climbing hills), and, even having known the town for 30 years, I discover something new every time I visit. The huge hump of Caburn...

The Tailor of Barlick

For my childhood holidays we stayed with my grandparents in Nelson, Lancashire, in their ‘two up two down’ terraced house every summer. Grandad, Albert Bannister, had been a weaver, as had his father Sam (1872-1950), grandfather Henry (1844-1888) and great...