Littlehampton, West Sussex
Another four hours in a south coast beacn resort
(Photos/words © urban75, June 2007)
We weren't exactly knocked out by the joys of Littlehampton after our first visit in 2003, but were pleasantly surprised to see the town looking in much better shape when we returned four years later.
Parts of the town centre are still horribly run down, but the town seems to be on the up, with a lot of new developments in and around the riverside, with the harbour area positively bustling.
Straight out of the rather cheaply rebuilt train station, things don't look too promising, with a string of run down and closed shops greeting the traveller.
The attractive Littlehampton Unity Church.
Littlehampton Town Clock.
High Street stone memorial to Frances Harrison, a 'tireless supporter of charity.'
High Street shop detail.
Welcome to Littlehampton. The High Street has been pedestrianised, but it seems to have lost a lot of its character in the process, with many of the stores sporting plastic, 'clone town' multinational frontages.
The Arcade, 1922.
Gamleys, an old-fashioned toy shop in the arcade .
Mural inside the arcade.
Another view of the arcade, looking at its southern entrance.
The spectacularly awful faux-Middle Eastern paint job of the Silk Garden restaurant by Evans Garden.
More run down property in the centre of Littlehampton.
High Street view.
The grandly named Littlehampton Sports, Social and Railway Club, opposite the station.
The terminus still enjoys full mechanical signalling, using a system that has remained fundamentally unchanged for nearly a century and a half.
Signalling close up with the signal box to the right.
« Littlehampton photos home Riverside photos »