7 rare archive shots of Southwick - are you a face in the crowd?

The off licence run by James Herworth at 20 Southwick Road, Cornhill.
The off licence run by James Herworth at 20 Southwick Road, Cornhill.
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Wearsiders are being urged to go back to the future - by making a nostalgic date with 2016.

A calendar packed with vintage views has just been published by Southwick History and Preservation Society – and it includes several mystery snaps too.

“Our aim is to bring back happy memories for Suddickers around the world. It is amazing how many calendars are sent abroad,” said chairwoman Pam Tate.

“But we are also hoping that people will take the time to help us out too, by putting names to faces in our mystery photos of schools, bands and clubs.”

SHAPS members have spent the past few months searching out suitable calendar photos and, among the highlights, is a shot of James Herworth’s off-licence.

The store, at 20 Southwick Road, Cornhill, operated as an agent for Laing & Co and sold everything from wines and spirits to bottles of Brown Ale.

West Southwick School Orchestra. Can you name any of the young musicians?

West Southwick School Orchestra. Can you name any of the young musicians?

“It wasn’t supposed to serve people on a Sunday, so parents used to send their kids via the back lane entrance to buy what was necessary!” said Pam.

Several bygone street scenes are also included, such as Camden Street, The Green and Clockwell Street, as well as a variety of local churches.

“A particular favourite of mine is of Holy Trinity, as it shows the churchyard gates. These were stolen years ago - I’d love to track them down,” said Pam.

SHAPS first started publishing a calendar back in 2002, just after the group was set up. Today, it is more popular than ever, with a print run of 400-plus.

Camden Street - towards George Street, in 1930.

Camden Street - towards George Street, in 1930.

“We’re lucky to have such a wonderful archive of old photos. It is always our hope that the calendar will be bring back happy memories for people,” said Pam.

“But it also an on-going history project. As well as bringing back memories, it is our sincere wish to put names to all the faces – to save for the future.”

Orders from around the globe, including America and Australia, have already flooded in, but the calendar is helping to bring the community together too.

“Two ladies who had known each other through the Cowell family business both ordered calendars. When out delivering I got chatting to them,” said Pam.

A garden party - no date mentioned. Any help putting names to faces would be welcome.

A garden party - no date mentioned. Any help putting names to faces would be welcome.

“They hadn’t seen each other for years, but I managed to reunite them – thanks to the calendar. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do more of that in the future.”

** The calendar, which costs £3.50, can be purchased from Pam on 07833 787481 or 5672438. It is also available at M&H Printers in Southwick, as well as the coffee shop in Beaumont Road. Anyone with information on names, dates or places mentioned in the calendar should contact Pam through the above numbers.

The Goods Yard at King Street.

The Goods Yard at King Street.