Tarmount Shepherds

Now where people park their cars
on tarmac for some shopping
once stood an open field where
you'd oft see sheep a-hopping
A shepherd's hut stood to the south
close to its southern border
fenced in with wooden latticework
to keep the sheep in order
On Tarmount Lane in Shoreham town
the shepherd's field you'd see
for many years with grazing
for the sheep that wandered free


Photo – from a postcard in the author’s collection

[This picture, taken from the top of St Mary de Haura’s church tower, shows an early 20th century view of Shoreham looking east towards the chemical works on the beach and the harbour entrance. You can see the shepherd’s hut and field in the bottom left hand corner. It’s now a car-park.]

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jun 16, 2022 @ 09:18:43


  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jun 16, 2022 @ 09:20:03

    A nice remembrance on what has changed, and we can ask ourselves whether it became better now. Best wishes, Michael

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Peter
    Jun 16, 2022 @ 13:10:25

    The “Gas works” on Shoreham Beach were actually Chemical works. The Gas Works were, by then, much nearer to Hove.

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