Jasper Harrison from Chesswood School in Worthing has sent us an interview he recorded with his nan, Elizabeth Greenfield, over Christmas. Jasper is an excellent interviewer and is both insightful and reflective in his questions. We learn a great deal about Worthing in the 1960s and 70s, and also Jasper’s thoughts about the changes that have taken place locally in the last 50/ 60 years. Nan has some particularly vivid memories about the changes to Homefield Park in her lifetime and the horses that used to be kept in the stables that stood on the site where Chesswood School now stands.

We know that Bury School has also been able to record some interviews and we look forward to uploading them too in the coming months.

New research has been completed on some of the families that are mentioned in the Findon School log books and we hope to upload them to the website in the near future. We will also be uploading extracts from the oral history interviews we recorded during the summer and early autumn.

Please do email me if you have any South Downs memories of your own or if you know those that do and would like to share them with us.


Skaters enjoying the frozen ornemental lake at Homefield Park in January 1894 (reproduced courtesy of West Sussex Library Service – reference NG00030

If you are interested in seeing more old photographs of Homefield Park please have a look at ‘slideshow’ on www.worthingvillagevoices.org.uk , another Lottery-funded community heritage project.