Horsham Museum's photographic gallery showcases work by local photographers and historic images from the Museum's own collections.
Unique Views of 50 Years Ago
One sunny day in June 1964 Cecil Cramp walked around the centre of Horsham with a camera and took photographs of many of the buildings and street scenes familiar at that time, as a 'time capsule' or visual record of the town. Cramp was a grandson of Jury Cramp, who established the jewellers business on West Street in the 1870s - a local landmark due to the distinctive spectacles shop sign that hung over the street outside his building, still a familiar sight in 1964. Now, half a century later, the photographs are a fascinating reminder of how Horsham centre once looked and a record of how the town has changed over the years. Selections of these photographs are on show in Horsham District Council's Horsham Museum and Art Gallery's latest photographic display ‘Horsham 50 Time Capsule.’
Upon viewing Cramp's photographs, it is surprising just how much is still recognisable and how much has been swept away by the developments of the later twentieth century. Many will remember the old post office and the King & Barnes brewery on the northern side of the Carfax, or the Milk Bar on its eastern side; while the old Odeon cinema on North Street, with its curious obelisk, and various medieval buildings on London Road are now long gone, making way for the RSA buildings, Swan Walk and Albion Way.
‘Horsham 50 Time Capsule’ opens on 7 January and closes on 1 March 2014.