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Acid Bath Murderer in Horsham

I have a connection with John George Haigh, the Acid Bath Murderer, who in 1949 murdered Olive Durrand-Deacon. He was held in a Horsham police station before a hearing in the town hall. Haigh murdered six people that was confirmed but he claimed more, dissolving the bodies in sulphuric acid in a large oil drum.

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Wall Paintings of Hardham Church

I am join by Martin Snow today to explore the important early paintings in Hardham Church. Dated around 1100AD, these recently uncovered paintings demonstrate just how vivid the early Norman churches would have been on the side. Also, Hardham Church is a wonderful example of how Saxon and Norman rural churches looked like in their […]

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In Search Of Hardham Tunnel

I am joined by Martin Snow today and in search of the Hardham Tunnel, a special tunnel on a cut on the Arun Navigation in West Sussex. There was a route to and from London by water back in the 18th Century. It came from the city on the River Wey, then down the Wey/Arun […]

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Crossing The Old Shoreham Tollbridge

Today I am up early to cross the old Shoreham Toll Bridge over the River Adur in West Sussex. The grade 2 listed crossing was first built in 1781 and later rebuilt in 1916 and then recently renovated at huge expense. Until 1970 it took road vehicles, including buses and lorries. It was part of […]

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An Amble Along The River Adur

Today I am taking an amble along the Adur, the River Adur, just north of Upper Beeding, a tiny village close to Bramber and Steyning in West Sussex. The Adur was an important river in Norman times. It provided a busy port at Steyning running down to the coast at Shoreham.

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Exploring Steyning, West Sussex

Today, I am taking a stroll through the West Sussex downland town of Steyning. Originally a Saxon settlement, it grew to become an important port town – the River Adur ran closer than it does today. The Norman’s built their castle close by at Bramber and the railways linked it to London for a hundred […]

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