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Worthing in old Picture Postcards
Worthing in old Picture Postcards

Take a journey back into Worthing’s rich and colourful past as told through the medium of old picture postcards. Here in 140 carefully reproduced images are the splendours of a bygone Worthing and the frequent disasters – through fire, flood and storm – that have beset the town. ‘Worthing in old picture postcards’ is a delightful hardback volume with a full introduction and notes on every illustration by Rob Blann.

Here you’ll find out why Oscar Wilde named the title character in ‘The importance of being Earnest’ – Jack Worthing. You’ll see the strange ‘Tramocar’ that was a feature of the town’s public transport system in the 1920s. There are the ‘Worthing Whimsies’ providing some of the best entertainment on the south coast and, if your children fancied a ride on the beach in Edwardian time, they could be taken in a goat chaise. You’ll see the South Street awash with sea water in a typical 19th century flooding, the 1930s police ambulance, and the Worthing lifeboat being hauled by a team of horses the half mile from the lifeboat house to the launching spot east of the pier.

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The trilogy of a special lifeboat town and its fascinating folk

This truly inspirational set of 3 books (A4 size) all about an extraordinary lifeboat town and its vibrant people, written by Rob Blann to commemorate 100 years of Worthing lifeboat crews, is a must-have for those interested in Worthing’s past in words and old photographs, as well as for lifeboat enthusiasts.

Rob thoroughly researched the absorbing history surrounding the seaside community of his home town on the south coast of England, and set out to write just one book on this illuminating age to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) but managed to unearth so much intriguing information and so many previously unpublished photographs that what began as one book turned into a trilogy, a real labour of love.



A Town’s Pride: Victorian Lifeboatmen & their Community

A Town’s Pride: Victorian Lifeboatmen & their Community A Town's Pride, the first in the trilogy, becomes a dramatic and informative insight of a seafaring community during the latter half of the 19th century; in which true stories reveal the lives and times of fisherfolk in a close-knit neighbourhood.

Featuring a Lifeboat Station from its inception, A Town's Pride guides the reader through every exciting rescue mission, into each lifeboat parade, and describes sailing regattas, all in great detail.

For anyone with a love of the sea and a desire to learn of their nautical heritage, then this fine book created with personal pride and great feeling is something to read and to cherish.

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Price: £9.95 (plus £3.50 p&p) A4 size

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Part of the proceeds from this publication go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).




Edwardian Worthing: Eventful Era in a Lifeboat Town

Edwardian Worthing: Eventful Era in a Lifeboat TownEdwardian Worthing, the second book in the trilogy, covers the period between 1901 and 1914. These Edwardian times often proved to be exciting for both residents and holiday-makers alike in this premier seaside resort.

Whenever the Lifeboat was launched, hundreds, sometimes thousands passionately flocked to witness the men of valour.

Life in this class-conscious society is carefully illustrated throughout this exclusive review.

More than 200 Edwardian photographs have been improved electronically to produce images which enhance the quality of the pictures within this book.

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Price: £12.95 (plus £6.00 p&p) A4 size hardback

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Part of the proceeds from this publication go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).




Vintage Worthing: Images of a Lifeboat Town

Vintage Worthing: Images of a Lifeboat Town Vintage Worthing, the third book of the trilogy, covers the period from 1914, through two world wars, and an epilogue brings it right up to the present day.

Using a central theme of Worthing's lifeboat service and the people involved, Vintage Worthing seeks to explore the social development and expansion of the town as well as providing a unique pictorial record of the era.

Vintage Worthing makes essential reading for those interested in Worthing's history, both onshore and offshore.

 

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Price: £14.95 (plus £3.50 p&p) A4 size

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Part of the proceeds from this publication go towards the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice
and also to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).





Limited Edition Watercolour Print

Limited Edition Watercolour Print To commemorate 100 years of highly esteemed Worthing Lifeboating this unique watercolour was issued, a true-to-life portrayal of the Worthing Lifeboat Henry Harris and crew returning from the wrecked steamship Indiana on 1st March 1901.

Facing North-East from the far end of Worthing Pier, a Victorian photographer captured this exiting scene in monochrome, which has now been exquisitely enhanced by a Sussex artist.

Each of the 13 crew members has been identified and individually named.

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Price: £75 (plus £2 p&p)

Part of the proceeds go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).



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