When Paul Costen first loaned me the original picture of High Street, Southwick, I never thought I would be able to take a ‘then and now’ shot.
As you know I enjoy taking then and now photographs, but the today photo must be taken from the exact spot as the original.
I am glad to say that the Rev Bob Green, who looks after both St James Without-the-Priory-Gate, Southwick, and the 1,000-year-old St Nicholas’s Church, Boarhunt, gave me permission to get to the top of the bell tower to take the ‘now’ shot.
It was the devil of a job, I must admit, with a tiny doorway leading on to the top of the tower, but I managed it with some effort.
I am glad to report that there has been little change in the village thanks, no doubt, to the squire.
The cows have long gone and the barn they are entering has been converted to living accommodation.
The road has been upgraded of course but everything else is as peaceful as it was about 85 years ago.