Row, row, row your boat gently over the car park

Village lads about 100 years ago, rowing in Bosham Lane, Bosham. This area is used as a car park today ' but only at low tide
Village lads about 100 years ago, rowing in Bosham Lane, Bosham. This area is used as a car park today ' but only at low tide
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

NOSTALGIA: Ready and waiting, the shiny new tracks climbing Portsdown Hill

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The picturesque waterside village of Bosham will undoubtedly attract the usual large crowds of bank holiday visitors today.

It’s a favourite spot for walkers from the Portsmouth area, but many turn up simply to see if any cars float away on the high tide as it engulfs Shore Road and Bosham Lane.

The same spot today. Visitors park along the shoreline, but woe betide the motorist who forgets to move his or her car before the tide comes in

The same spot today. Visitors park along the shoreline, but woe betide the motorist who forgets to move his or her car before the tide comes in

This picture from about the turn of the last century shows village lads rowing in Bosham Lane, an area used as a car park today...at low tide.

Bosham, between Emsworth and Chichester, is a popular centre for sailing and walking and a sanctuary for migrating wildfowl.

Seafaring and boatbuilding were once the chief occupations here and many cottages near the water were once fishermen’s homes.

Of the two adjoining properties in the old photo, the one on the right was Follett’s Stores, owned by many generations of the same family.

The properties were rebuilt in 1947 and today comprise Mariners coffee shop and picture gallery on the ground floor and two flats above.

n All today’s pictures come from Douglas d’Enno’s book Sussex Coast Through Time published by Amberley at £14.99.

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