Celebrating Our Creative Heritage

Tour the Adur district and find out about some of the creative people who have lived there. Creativity comes in all forms, from the novelist to the opera singer, from the poet to the creator of the London A-Z.

Adur is the home of many creative people, drawing inspiration from the landscape and the people. A series of exhibition boards and banners scattered across the Adur district relate the stories of twenty people from the past who lived and worked in the area.

Visit these locations between September 8 – 15, 10am – 3pm and learn more about people from Adur’s creative heritage at Shoreham Wordfest.

Lancing Parish Hall

  • Anna Sewell, Author 1820
  • Edward John Trelawny, Writer & Adventurer
  • Algernon Swinburne, Poet – Lancing

Waterside Pub, Shoreham Beach

  • Phillys Pearsall, Cartographer & Inventor of The London A-Z
  • Joan Morgan, Film star – Shoreham Beach Studios
  • Marie Loftus, Music Hall Artiste
  • Ida Lupino, Actor and Film Director

Coronation Green, Shoreham

  • Gilbert Frankau, Novelist & Poet – Shoreham Camp WW1
  • Carlos Trower, Tightrope Walker – Shoreham Swiss Gardens 1883
  • Constance Cox, Playwright
  • Princess Bariatinsky, Actor

Marlipins Museum

  • Amon Henry Wilds, Architect of Regency Brighton
  • George Moore, Novelist
  • Charles Dalmon, Sussex Poet

Southwick Green

George Albert Smith, Film Pioneer
C.L.R. James, Author & Activist
Dame Clara, Opera Singer
John Cowper Powys, Poet

Southwick Community Centre

Marjorie Eyre, Opera Singer
Thérèse Lessore, Artist

Organised by Shoreham Wordfest in conjunction with the Shoreham Society and Marlipins Museum. Research and text by Judy Upton. A Heritage Open Days 2023 event.

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