Famous people who lived in Charmandean

Posted by Admin on Sunday, April 19, 2015 In : Old stories 
Some well-known Worthing families have lived in Charmandean over the years, including Mrs Rita Summers, who was a Councillor and went on to become mayor of Worthing in 1952-53. An article about her was published in the Worthing & District Review Magazine, December 1948:








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Site updates and Life at Charmandean

Posted by Admin on Saturday, April 18, 2015 In : School Stories 
We have been contacted recently by the daughter of one of the teachers of Charmandean School during the 1950's, who has provided a valuable insight into life at the school. Many thanks to the reader, and as so much information has been provided it warranted a new page to be created  - Charmandean - As a School.

Residents have also contacted us, and updates made throughout the site. 

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1914 Sale Brochure uploaded and 1934 Property Weekly!

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Further research at Worthing Library and trawling through Worthing Gazettes on microfiche have uncovered adverts from c.1934, and also copies of the 1914 Charman Dean House Sale brochure.

See 'History' pages for the Sale Brochure and 'Development of Charmandean' for the House Adverts.
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German aircrew and the Home Guard

Posted by Admin on Monday, November 11, 2013 In : Old stories 
We have learn`t of a story which has been passed down though the generations and from one resident to the next, about the fate of a German aircrew which crashed on the downs during the war. 

Apparently, the German plane was shot down and landed on the Downs between Charmandean Estate and Cissbury Ring.

The aircrew walked down Charmandean Lane, and came across the Tower (some have referred to it as the Turret), which was a tall tower structure with windows looking to Beachy Head in the East, th...
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Site updates - photos, maps, and stories!

Posted by Admin on Monday, November 11, 2013 In : Charmandean House History 
We have been very busy researching over the past few weeks, and multiple pages have been updated with new information throughout the site. We have added photos and a new 'Charmandean-As a School' page, in 'Development' residents have sent in original House Sale adverts, photos of a wartime First and Fourth Avenues,  and 'Maps and Photos' has some new aerial photos of Broadwater and photos from the original Sales Brochure when Charmandean Estate was sold in the early Twenties.
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Parts of demolished house recycled

Posted by Admin on Friday, August 9, 2013 In : Charmandean House History 
Stories we have heard over the years include that when Charmandean House was demolished, parts of the mansion were taken for people to re-use on their own houses, such as doors, windows and other features. 

We have heard that the main front door was relocated and put in a house in Littlehampton Road (but can`t confirm this) however we do know the balcony columns on a house in Broadwater originated from Charmandean.

'Loxwood, originally called Rectory Cottage, this Regency-style pale-brick house...
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Original West entrance road

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 In : Charmandean House History 

A First Avenue resident who has been there for over 30 years wrote to us with: Whilst digging a deep hole in my rosebud this week I came across a packed flint roadlike surface. Further test pits showed that it appeared to run from south to north and was at least six feet wide. I then spoke to [a neighbour] who showed me two clear parallel marks of her lawn which lined up with my "road.". The neighbour believes that the road was the original West entrance to Charmandean House. We have photos o...


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Exploring the old house

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 In : Old stories 
An ex-Fourth Avenue resident writes 'Hi I was very interested to find your site. I grew up in Fourth Avenue during the 1950s and 60s, and remember the old house well. I spent many happy hours with my friends playing in the grounds and exploring the house'

It must have been a fantastic exploration and playground for the younger Charmandean residents in those days!


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Tank traps and ice skating!

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 In : Old stories 

A previous Charmandean resident has written to us with 'I moved to Third Avenue (in those days the houses only had names and not numbers) during the war (in 1944) when my father became headmaster of a local school. I spent my whole childhood from the age of two, growing up in Charmandean only leaving when I went to University in 1961. My playground was the woods and waste ground in Third and Fourth Avenues, and later the chalk pit still full of tank traps from the beaches and the grounds of t...


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Charmandean House Gateposts

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 In : Charmandean House History 
It is with sadness we were advised by many residents that the gateposts to the old Charmandean House have been demolished; as you can imagine this has caused a lot of upset and Charmandean Lane will never be the same again.

The Gateposts were one of the only remaining standing parts of the Charmandean House Estate. There were in fact the 2 main gateposts, and a smaller, carved stone post which formed part of the iron railings surrounding the East Entrance has also been demolished.

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