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FAMOUS RESIDENTS

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JOHN GALSWORTHY

John Galsworthy (14 August 1867 – 31 January 1933) Novelist and Dramatist. 1867-1933. Nobel Prize in Literature, 1932. Final seven years of his life spent in Bury House, Bury.

CICELY MARY BARKER

Cicely Mary Barker (28 June 1895 – 16 February 1973) Illustrator and Poet. 1895-1973. Author of the 'Flower Fairies' children’s books. Lived, in her later life, in Manor Close off Church Street, Storrington.

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JOMO KENYATTA

Jomo Kenyatta First President of Kenya. 1894-1978. Stayed during the WW2 years in Sullington, and worked at the Linfield mushroom farms in Thakeham. An article by Malcolm Linfield can be found here.

FRANCIS THOMPSON

Francis Thompson (1859-1907) Poet. Stayed in the Monastery, Storrington (1889). ‘The Hound of Heaven’ was written in Storrington.

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ARNOLD BAX

Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax Composer. Born in London in 1883 and died in Cork in 1953. Knighted in 1937, became Master of the King’s Musick in 1942. Brief autobiography – ‘Farewell, my youth’ (1943). Lived out his last years at the White Horse Hotel in Storrington.

A J CRONIN

Archibald Joseph Cronin (1897–1981) Doctor (Dr Finlay) and Writer. Lived at the Rectory in Sullington for some years before the Second World War.

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ARNOLD BENNETT

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) Novelist. In 1926 stayed for eight weeks in Amberley in a house now known as Boxwood in Church Street.

JOHN IRELAND

John Ireland Composer. Born in Bowden, near Manchester in 1879 and died in Sussex in 1962. Retired to Sussex in 1953 when he bought a converted windmill on Rock Common, Washington.

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NORMAN WISDOM

Sir Norman Joseph Wisdom OBE. An English actor, comedian and singer-songwriter (4 February 1915 – 4 October 2010), lived in West Chiltington, in a Mediterranean-style villa adjoining the sports field.

LADY CYNTHIA ASQUITH

Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn Asquith, an English writer, known for her ghost stories and diaries, 1887 – 31 March 1960. Daughter of Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss (1857 – 1937), she lived at the Old Rectory, Sullington from 1939 until 1946.

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HUGH DE SELINCOURT

Hugh de Selincourt (1878-1951) was an English author and journalist, chiefly remembered today for his timeless tale of village cricket, 'The Cricket Match' (1924). He lived at Sand Pit, Storrington.

GEORGE SANDERS

George Sanders (1906-1972) Russian-born English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. Lived at ‘Rothbury’, on the Washington Road, where he entertained Marilyn Monroe among other celebrities.

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SIR OSWALD MOSLEY

Sir Oswald Mosley, (1848 – 1915) 4th Baronet, of Ancoats. Owner of Abingworth Hall, Thakeham. Grandfather to the fascist politician Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Baronet.

JOHN ROLAND ABBEY

Major John Roland Abbey (23 November 1894 – 24 December 1969) was an English book collector and High Sheriff, former chairman of Kemp Town Brewery, Brighton. He lived at Greyfriars, Storrington.

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CORMAC MURPHY O’CONNOR

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, lived at St Joseph’s Hall Storrington when Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

BILL PERTWEE

William Desmond Anthony Pertwee MBE. British comedy actor, best known for playing the part of the ARP Warden Hodges in the popular sitcom Dad’s Army, lived in various places in Sussex including Storrington.

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ANNA MASSEY

Anna Massey CBE, an English actress who won a BAFTA Award for the role of Edith Hope in the 1986 TV adaptation of Anita Brookner’s novel “Hotel du Lac”. She was born in Thakeham.

WILFRID MEYNELL

Wilfrid Meynell (1852-1948). A British newspaper publisher and editor. The last 25 years of his life were spent at Greatham. He was a friend to, and sponsor of, the poet Francis Thompson.

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ARTHUR RACKHAM

Arthur Rackham(1867–1939) was an English book illustrator, who lived at Houghton in the 1920s.

JOSÉ WEISS

José Weiss (1859-1919) was a French-born landscape artist and aviation pioneer who lived at Amberley, and later at Houghton House, Houghton. He built the first glider to achieve soaring flight, the Olive, which flew from Amberley Mount on 27th June 1909, piloted by Eric Gordon England.

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MAX PLOWMAN

Max Plowman, 1883-194, born Mark Plowman, was a socialist writer, poet and journalist, a well-known pacifist and contemporary of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon during WW1. He befriended George Orwell and local author Hugh de Selincourt. Plowman lived at Lady Place, Storrington, from 1920 to 1928, and is commemorated by a West Sussex Heritage blue plaque.

 

More Storrington Celebrities

Additional famous people with a local connection

  • Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869 – 1944) Architect.  Designed the Grade 1 listed “Little Thakeham” in Merrywood Lane, near Storrington, considered by many to be his finest work.

  • David Paul Frederick Hardy (1862 – 1942). Painter and illustrator. He designed and made the original galleon weathervane which is now inside St Mary’s church Storrington. Best known for his illustrations of “Canterbury Pilgrims”.

  • Charlotte Smith , (1749 – 1806) Poet and Novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility.

  • John William Bramham, Artist. 1905-1990. Moved to Storrington in 1960 and lived for 30 years in The Studio, Manley’s Hill at the junction with Meadowside.

  • Edward Stott ARA. Painter and draughtsman (1859 – 1918) lived and is buried at Amberley.

  • Reginald Wells, Sculptor, architect and designer of early aeroplanes (1877- 1951), lived in West Chiltington.

  • A.F Bell, (1875-1918) Poet. Wrote verses strongly featuring West Sussex including, A Home Coming (1913), From Pulboro’ to Storrington (1913). Bell is buried in St Mary’s churchyard.