Hewitt's History Files

THE winter of 1881 was a devilishly harsh one '“ as a glorious image of Chichester's Eastgate Square shows.

It's one of a number of Christmassy images West Sussex County Council has brought together as a special festive web film alongside other picture postcard memories of West Sussex from the late 1800s.

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Viewable on www.westsussex.gov.uk, it features snow scenes from around the county, people skating, children at a Christmas party, and even Post Office workers sorting the mail.

The party is at the Children's Heart Hospital in Lancing in about 1950; the postmen are in Bognor Regis in December 1908; and the frozen pond is Homefield Park, Worthing in 1894.

For full feature and more pictures, see West Sussex Gazette December 31