The Gut

Part of the ‘Past to Present’ series from Jemverse

The beach Ted Bunker launched his
boat from sadly is no more
once called 'The Gut' its gutted now
no more a shingle shore
Filled in to make a car park
the beach where once we played
is another loss to history
and to the fishing trade


Photo – Jempics (the Fisherman’s Beach [aka ‘The Gut’], Albion Street, Southwick, Sussex).

[‘The Gut’ was a small beach immediately behind Albion Street in Southwick, West Sussex. It was used by fishermen for many years and I can vividly remember playing there as a boy and talking to the fishermen as they pulled their boats ashore at high tide. But now – for no sound reason that I can imagine – the beach has been filled in to make way for a public car park].

This is what ‘The Gut’ looks like today

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Michaela
    Jun 29, 2022 @ 09:31:38

    Like the song goes, They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
    That’s sad that they didn’t keep it.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Paula Kinsella
    Jun 29, 2022 @ 09:34:55

    As a child I lived at 90 Albion Street that backs onto that little beach and played on the wharf and boats every day. I’ve never known it as The Gut and everyone I knew ( young and old ) called it the fisherman’s hard. I recognise some in that photo! It’s criminal that the area was filled in and made into a car park – just another instance of the destruction of the old community of Southwick. So sad.

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