‘Bygone Sussex’: The photographs of George Garland and John Fletcher

‘Old Shep’ (William Shepherd), January 1925 (George Garland, ref Garland N879)

The lives and work of two of the county’s most important photographers will be explored at an illustrated talk at West Sussex Record Office on Tuesday 31st January (7pm).

Join Archivist Nichola Court to find out more about the collections of the Petworth-based professional photographer George Garland, who worked from the 1920s up to his death in 1978, and the hitherto-unknown amateur photographer John Fletcher, who lived in Bognor and was active from the 1880s until his death in 1915.

Bosham – boats and shore, 6 June 1892 (John Fletcher, ref PH 26113/63)
Pagham windmill, 1902 (John Fletcher, ref PH 26114/8)

Although different in nature and content, when taken together the two collections provide an invaluable glimpse of ‘Bygone Sussex’, illustrating many of our county’s lost rural traditions and crafts, countryside characters and long-since vanished landscapes and scenes.

Light refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to view original material from the archive. Tickets cost £8 and advance booking is essential. For further information and to book tickets, please contact West Sussex Record Office on 01243 753602.

Mr Oscar Pyle’s Southdown sheep being driven over the Downs from Angmering to Findon – for the fair, 14 September 1935 (George Garland, ref Garland N12007)

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