For January 30, 2011


This temporary exhibition reminds us of the fun as well as the hardship of winters past. In February 1954, as this picture of Beeding Bridge shows, the River Adur turned to ice.

Winter football with the Top Hat and Comic Cuts teams was - different. There were severe penalties for those who attempted to head the ball without their hats on. Winter draws on, as they used to say. An elegant pair of pink combinations, now on full display, was someone's cosy secret. But they might have been just right for a day skating on Wiston Pond, where skates were screwed onto Sunday boots for a penny a time. An oven on wheels provided hot potatoes.

Winter by the fireside with indoor games - what a nostalgic thought. The 1934 Hornby train set, the Bayco house (a precursor to Lego) or the gyrocopter board game will bring the misty memories of winters past right before your eyes.


Steyning Museum is open 5 days each week - 10.30 to 12.30 and 2.30 to 4.30 (4.00 October to April) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (open all day Saturday) plus Sunday afternoons and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Jill Kemp,
Publicity Officer,
The Museum,
Church Street,
West Sussex
BN44 3YB
Telephone: 01903 813333

1954 ice at Beeding Bridge


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