During the research for this site, we have found many references to Charmandean over the years. Some are related to the school, some Charmandean Estate, and some about the people.


We have recorded them here in a 'History Snippets' page, of which some make interesting reading!


  • The School motto for Charmandean School was 'Nihil Sine Deo', which means 'Nothing without God'
  • July 27th 1929 - Charmandean School Sports Day - there was a distribution of prizes by the Earl of Munster, who 'also willingly accepted a vice-presidency' of the school
  • September 21st 1929 - Patching and Co advertise selling by Auction of one of the Houses in First Avenue
  • October 26th 1929 - A Charmandean School pupil was fined at Steyning Petty Sessions charged with dangerous driving - the headmaster's car (which was a 10hp 2 seater sports car), which collided with a herd of cows.
  • Saturday 13th February 1926 - The Worthing Herald reported the death of Mr Thomas Dyer Edwards, who died on February 10th aged 78. The Council of Sussex County Agricultural Show was in negotiation with Mr Edwards with a view to the County Show being held at Charmandean in 1927, but no agreement had been met prior to his passing.
  • On Sat November 6th, 1926, complain letters were written to the Herald, stating, 'it is the intention of the developers to build houses, detached and semi detached, of a value of £1000-£1350, and while the trees will be preserved, it is not likely they will be able to hide the unsightly garden walls or fences.
  • A Broadwater resident recalls how 'Joan and her mother knew the girl who was a house parlour maid at a very large house in North Broadwater - Charmandean House - before it became a school. "We were very friendly. She told us the house was haunted and how one night she actually saw the ghost pass by one of the upstairs windows." (West Sussex Gazette, 10/12/92
  • As part of the 'Wartime adventures with friends', by Rob Blann, he writes 'Peter reminisces about wartime adventures with his school pals on the downs. 'We often used to go up Charmandean Lane to the Downs, waving at the girls as they passed the school. At the top of the lane was a military rifle range where spent cartridge lay around. Putting them in our pockets we'd use them later as catapult ammunition, firing them up in the air in the fields and listening to their whistle on the way down. On one occasion, they came across the remains of a German plane that had crashed into the ground and gathered what souvenirs they could find.' (West Sussex Gazette, 14/07/94)
  • Residents of Broadwater recall 'these were truly the days of Upstairs Downstairs with local girls employed as domestic staff and young men as gardeners, grooms, and so on. Everything had to be just so, and it was hard work in those days. I remember when there were cows and sheep along the driveway that led to Charmandean.

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