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.
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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