Today I walked my son through Worthing town centre, along the sea front and to the end of the pier, which looked stunning in the sunlight. I was explaining to him the long line of ancestors who came from Worthing and although a 9 month old is only going to babble and yawn at my incomprehensible ramblings it gave me a great sense of peace to introduce him to the past. I supposed that many of them had walked along the same route, some pushing prams like me possibly.
One or two people stand out not for being famous but for having exciting adventures or amazing things happen to them.
James Hutchinson had a boat building yard near the lifeboat house inWorthing and it is said that he built one of the largest yachts to grace Brighton beach for a Captain Thulleson in 1858. The yacht was 32 feet on the keel and 10 feet on the beam. She was said to be much admired by everyone who saw her. How satisfying must that have been to have created something with your own hands that was so well thought of!
There was also Henry Finnis who owned the Running Horse pub – a merchant seaman for 50 years since the age of 12 and worked his way up to the rank of Captain. In the course of his career he sailed around Cape Horn, to Eastern India and to Chile during the mid to late 19th century. How exciting would it have been to have seen those places for the very first time arriving after an immense sea journey? You don’t arrive anywhere these days without having a notion of what it’s going to be like. For the last 30 years of his life he ran the pub and was one of the oldest licensed victuallers inWorthing. He died aged 71 in 1911.