Shoreham Beach, from the air, with the centre of Shoreham in the background
Shoreham-by-Sea shown within West Sussex
|Area||3.80 sq mi (9.8 km2) |
|Population||19,175 2001 Census|
|- Density||5,046 /sq mi (1,948 /km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||57 miles (92 km) N|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||East Worthing and Shoreham|
The town is bordered to its north by the South Downs, to its west by the Adur Valley and to its south by the River Adur and Shoreham Beach on the English Channel. The town lies in the middle of the ribbon of urban development along the English south coast between the city of Brighton & Hove and the town of Worthing. Shoreham civil parish covers an area of 984.88 hectares (2,433.7 acres) and has a population of 19,175 (2001 census).
Old Shoreham dates back to pre-Roman times. St Nicolas' Church, inland by the River Adur, is partly Anglo-Saxon The name of the town has an Old English origin. The town and port of New Shoreham was established by the Norman conquerors towards the end of the 11th century.
St Mary de Haura Church (St Mary of the Haven) was built in the decade following 1103 (the Domesday Book was dated 1086), and around this time the town was laid out on a grid pattern that, in essence, survives in the town centre. The church is only half the size of the original - the former nave was ruinous at the time of the civil war although remnants of the original west façade survive in the churchyard to some height.
The severe storms of the 14th and 15th centuries wreaked much damage along this part of the south coast.
The rise of Brighton, Hove and Worthing - in particular the arrival of the railway in 1840 - prepared the way for Shoreham's rise as a Victorian sea port, with several shipyards and an active coasting trade. Shoreham Harbour remains in commercial operation.
Shoreham Beach, to the south of the town, is a shingle spit deposited over millennia by longshore drift, as an extension to Lancing parish in the west. This blocks the southerly flow of the River Adur which turns east at this point to discharge into the English Channel further along the coast at a point that has varied considerably over time. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the mouth of the river shifted eastwards which restricted trade to the port; by 1810 it was almost opposite Aldrington church. In 1816, work had been completed to fix the position of the river in its present position, flowing into the sea between two piers. Once the harbour mouth was stabilised it was defended by Shoreham Fort which was built in 1857. Converted railway carriages became summer homes around the start of the 20th century, and Bungalow Town, as it was then known, became home for a short time to the early UK film industry. Shoreham Beach officially became part of Shoreham-by-Sea in 1910. Much housing in the area was cleared for defence reasons during the Second World War and most of what remained after the war is now gone, replaced by modern houses. The Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1913, still stands. Along the Adur mud flats adjacent to Shoreham Beach sits (and at high tides floats) a large collection of houseboats made from converted barges, tugs, mine sweepers, Motor Torpedo Boats etc. The seaside shingle bank of Shoreham beach extends further east past the harbour mouth, forming the southern boundary of the commercial harbour in Southwick, Portslade and Hove. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath, commemorating the flight of Charles II to France after the Battle of Worcester, follows the beach westwards from Hove past Portslade and Southwick, terminating by the harbour mouth's east breakwater. There are many shops around the area and a playground for small children.
Landscape and wildlife
Transversed by the River Adur and with the downs and the sea nearby the area supports a diverse wildlife flora and fauna. The mudflats support wading birds and gulls, including the Ringed Plover which attempts to breed on the coastal shingle. The Pied Wagtail is common in the town in the winter months. Insect fauna includes dragonflies over the flood plains of the river. The south and west facing downs attract at least 33 species of butterflies including a nationally important population of the Chalkhill Blue Butterfly on Mill Hill. The underlying rock is chalk on the downs, with alluvium in the old river channels. The Adur district has a variety of habitats in a small area, including natural chalk downs and butterfly meadows, freshwater and reed beds, salt marsh and estuary, brackish water lagoons, woodland, shingle seashore, chalk platform undersea and large expanses of sand.
Shoreham-by-Sea is home to the largest farmers' market in Sussex and one of the largest in the south of England; it is held in East Street on the second Saturday of each month and usually has in excess of 60 stall holders supplying local vegetables, meat, cakes and preserves.
Shoreham Airport is west of the main town and has been in private ownership since 2006. It is the UK's oldest licensed airport and has a 1936 Grade II-listed Art Deco terminal building. The terminal has been a filming location for: one of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories, Lord Edgware Dies, a Crimewatch-type reconstruction (2000, ITV Meridian), BBC Tenko series episode and The Da Vinci Code film scenes (based on Dan Brown's book).
Shoreham Tollbridge crosses the River Adur in the west of the town. This bridge is a Grade II* listed building and was the last Sussex toll bridge in use. The bridge was part of the A27 road until it was closed to traffic in 1968. The structure is now too weak to carry vehicles and underwent extensive restoration, then was ceremonially re-opened for pedestrians on 23 October 2008, by the Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Sport and leisure
- The band Absent Elk live in Shoreham-by-Sea, and 4 of the 5 members were born in Shoreham, the 5th being a Norwegian now residing there.
- Writer Brian Behan lived on a boat moored in the town in the late 1960s.
- Playwright Charles Bennett was born in Shoreham-by-sea in 1899.
- Mark Benson, former England cricketer and now a cricket umpire, was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1958.
- Havergal Brian, the English composer, moved from London to Shoreham-by-Sea in 1958; he wrote twenty symphonies there over the next ten years.
- Broadcaster Chris Evans lives on Shoreham Beach.
- Raymond O. Faulkner, philologist and compiler of the standard hieroglyphic dictionary, was born in Shoreham in 1894.
- Vanessa Howard, a horror and exploitation film actress, was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1948
- Mel Hopkins, a former footballer with Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion and Wales retired to Shoreham Beach.
- Artist Alison Lapper and her son Parys, who have appeared on the TV series Child of Our Time, live in Shoreham.
- Bert Longstaff, Professional footballer played for Shoreham F.C. and made over 400 appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion.
- Francis L. Lyndhurst founded the Sunny South Film Company, which made its first commercial movie on Shoreham Beach in 1912. Lyndhurst also built film studios on The Beach.
- Broadcaster Mike Mendoza lives on Shoreham Beach.
- Comedian Max Miller lived in Kingston Lane for a period of time as indicated by a plaque on the building called Ashcroft.
- Fiona Mont was dubbed "Britain's most wanted woman" in 2000. It was claimed she was smuggled out of the country in a light aircraft from Shoreham Airport in 1999.
- Cecil Pashley, local aviation pioneer.
- Phyllis Pearsall, painter, writer, and creator of the A to Z map of London lived on Shoreham Beach before her death in 1996.
- Harry Ricardo founded Ricardo Consulting Engineers in Shoreham-by-Sea, where it still has its main offices.
- Captain Henry Roberts (1725–1796) was a native of Shoreham, where he raised his six children. He sailed with Captain James Cook on the second and third of the great voyages and acted as cartographer.
- Leo Sayer, British singer and recording artist, was born in 1948 in Shoreham-by-Sea.
- Hubert Scott-Paine, (the boss of R. J. Mitchell at Supermarine, who designed the Spitfire), was born in 1890 in Shoreham and had a yacht in Stowe's Yard, before moving to Southampton.
- Gemma Spofforth, Olympic swimmer, was born in Shoreham-By-Sea.
- Michael Standing, a professional footballer who plays for Lewes, was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1981.
- Marcus Tudgay, Nottingham Forest striker, was born in Shoreham-by-Sea.
- Darren Tulett, football presenter on French television
- Playwright Judy Upton was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1966 and has written several plays associated with Brighton Beach.
- Nicholas van Hoogstraten, British property tycoon, was born in Shoreham-by-Sea in 1946 and was educated at a local Jesuit school.
- The writer Ted Walker married in Shoreham. Many works describe the Shoreham coastline and Adur estuary.
- Nathaniel Woodard, the founder of Lancing College and the Woodard Schools, became the curate-in-charge of St. Mary's, New Shoreham in 1846 and his experience there inspired him to start creating schools to improve the level of middle class education. He also greatly developed the use of choral music in the Church.
- Amon Henry Wilds (1784 or 1790–13 July 1857) English architect at Brighton, moved to Old Shoreham in 1857.
Shoreham (along with the other urban districts of Adur) is twinned with
- Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station
- Red Lion Inn, Shoreham-by-Sea
- Shoreham Redoubt
- Southlands Hospital
- Marlipins Museum
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