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Southwick Power Station

Having been born at Shoreham’s Southlands Hospital, in 1951 and spent my first seven or eight years living in Southwick, I’ve collected a few images of the area in the the subsequent years.

Cardboard model
I remember as infants at the Green School in Southwick, that we built a large model of the Brighton A and B power stations out of cardboard in about 1957. However, I think we all referred to it as Shoreham Power Station. Perhaps we didn’t want Southwick associated with us!

Transporting the stacks
This pic is a very old real photo (maybe end of the 1800s?) and seems to show the base of one of the two stacks being brought into Southwick/Shoreham harbour. Mystery ship at Southwick is the caption.


Click on the image and it will open in new window: click again for full-size. Base of one of the two stacks being brought into Shoreham harbour
From the private collection of Alan Dearling

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  • If you read the life story of James Rook of Southwick (c1810-1890) you will find a few passages in it when he was actually involved in the building of the first power station there.

    By Roy Grant (15/09/2009)
  • Alan, That photo shows one of two identical towers that were built at Shoreham for the purpose of protecting the English Channel from enemy submarines. Steel netting would have been strung between the two towers. This, by the way, was for World War One. One of the towers was towed to Southampton Water and became known as The Nab Tower, a shipping aid. I think the other tower was just destroyed. The photo dates from the early 1920’s I believe.

    By Chris McBrien (16/09/2009)
  • Alan, have a look here:  

    By Chris McBrien (16/09/2009)
  • There’s a scale model of a mystery tower at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham, also you can buy a leaflet for 10p giving the history of the towers. There were originally intended to be 20 of them. Note the museum is closed from 31 Oct to 1 May.

    By Tony Hill (29/10/2009)

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