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"Brighthoving airport": semi-formal opening of the fine Shoreham aerodrome serving Brighton, Hove and Worthing, published 26 September 1935 in Flight (article, pp.335-336)   View Online

Modern airport: features of Gatwick, London's latest terminal: rational building layout: ground and air traffic control: ancillary services, published 4 June 1936 in Flight (article, pp.602-604)   View Online
Illustrated technical account of the new airport

Gatwick: London's latest airport opened by Lord Swinton: "Martello Tower": invaded from the air road and railway, published 11 June 1936 in Flight (article, pp.616-619)   View Online
Detailed illustrated account of opening ceremonies

Air Work: the organization behind the many activities of a large private enterprise, by Roy Pearl, published 8 January 1948 in Flight (article, pp.39-42)   View Online
Illustrated account of aircraft repair and maintenance company based at Gatwick

The Development of Gatwick Airport (includes plates), by Snow, Frederick Sidney, and N. J. Payne, published c.1958 in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (vol. 14, no. 1, article, pp.43-66) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 17904]

Gatwick: London's new airport nears completion, published 4 April 1958 in Flight (article, pp.442-443)   View Online
Illustrated technical account of the rebuilt airport's facilities

Gatwick: inauguration of a two-airport system to serve London, published 6 June 1958 in Flight (article, pp.770-774)   View Online
Illustrated technical account of the rebuilt airport's facilities, including a plan of the layout

Structure of aircraft service depot at Gatwick for Transair Ltd., by Wilfred John Marshall Haines and Alan James Harris, published 1959 in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (vol. 12, no. 2, article, pp.187-196)

Report on the accident to Caravelle SE-210 EC-BDD at Black Down near Fernhurst, Sussex on 4th November 1967, published 1967 (27 pp., Board of Trade) accessible at: British Library
Iberia flight IB062 left Málaga (AGP) at 19:30 UTC on a flight to London-Heathrow (LHR). The weather at the time was slightly misty with intermittent drizzle but there was reasonable visibility. While on descent towards Heathrow, the Caravelle descended through the assigned level of FL60. It flew into the southern slope of Black Down Hill. It initially struck trees in the grounds of Black Down House, then continued for hundreds of yards, passing across a meadow where it killed 65 grazing sheep. It then broke through a large hedge and parts of the aircraft fell off destroying a garage, and damaging parts of the roof of Upper Black Down House as the aircraft disintegrated.

Report on the accident to Beechcraft - C.45 Conrad - 10200 NI02S near Plumpton, Sussex on 18th January 1967, published 1968 (16 pp., Board of Trade) accessible at: British Library
A Beech C.45 aircraft which crashed on the South Downs near Plumpton racecourse on January 18, 1967, was on a ferry flight from Nice to Gatwick. The pilot, who was killed in the accident, held an American IR but was not in current instrument practice and was attempting to make a VFR approach to Gatwick under a lowering cloud ceiling. The BoT report concludes that: "The aircraft collided with high ground when the pilot was attempting to navigate at low altitude in poor visibility. Turbulent airflow in the lee of a ridge may have been a contributory factor." Mention is also made in the AIB's findings that no topographic maps for the UK were found in the aircraft.

Report on the Accident to Miles Messenger M.38 G-AKKG near Partridge Green, Sussex on 1st June 1968, published 1969 (10 pp., Board of Trade) accessible at: British Library

Civil Aircraft accident, Fernhurst, Sussex, published 1970 (Board of Trade) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 3641]
Report on the accident to Caravelle SE-210, EC-BDD at Blackdown, 4 November 1967.

Cross Channel, by Richard Garrett, published 7 August 1972 (Hutchison, ISBN-10: 0091119103 & ISBN-13: 9780091119102) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Shoreham and Ford: a history of two Sussex airfields, by John A. Bagley, published 1973 in Sussex Industrial History (No. 6, article, pp.25-29) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16389/6] & The Keep [LIB/506524]   Download PDF
The account which follows makes no claim to completeness, but the author feels that the industrial archaeology of aviation is a sufficiently neglected topic to justify some notes on two airfields which, between them, illustrate many of the significant phases in the development of aerodromes in Great Britain.

Gatwick Airport, London: Master Plan Report, published 1974 (pamphlet, British Airports Authority) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 5979]

Beagle Aircraft: A Production History, by Midland Counties Aviation Research Group, published 1974 (74 pp., Leicester: Midland Counties Publications, ISBN-10: 0904597008 & ISBN-13: 9780904597004) accessible at: British Library

Golden Gatwick: Fifty Years of Aviation, by John King, published 1980 (pamphlet, Royal Aeronautical Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14770][Lib 8886] & West Sussex Libraries

Deanland A.L.G.: The History of a Sussex Airfield, by Peter Waring, published 1980 (Hailsham: Laughton Air Museum) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Shoreham Airport Terminal Building, An Architectural Study, by John M. Thornhill, published 1981 (published by the author) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, published 1982 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8514]

Tangmere: a village with two stories, by Barbara Best and George Harper, published 1983 (pamphlet, 36 pp., Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., ISBN-10: 0850335094 & ISBN-13: 9780850335095) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12435][Lib 8903] & West Sussex Libraries

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, by James Beedle, published 1984 (pamphlet, 24 pp., Derby: English Life Publications, ISBN-10: 0851012213 & ISBN-13: 9780851012216) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12923][Lib 9978] & British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

White and Thompson Limited & Norman Thompson Flight Company Limited, by John D. Land, published 1984 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 14, article, pp.7-11) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506525]   Download PDF
At the end of the first decade of the 20th Century electrical engineer Norman A. Thompson, in financial partnership with wealthy Douglas White and aeronautical engineer F.W. Lancaster as designer, founded White and Thompson Limited at Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex.

Brief History of Shoreham Airport, by Richard Almond, published 1984 in Sussex Industrial History (issue No. 14, article, pp.11-16) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506525]   Download PDF
The history of Shoreham Airport goes back to the very beginning of English flying; it was one of the first half dozen flying fields in the country. Only three of the original still remain, and Shoreham is the only one still operating as a public licensed airport. In May 1910, artist and past pupil of Lancing College, Mr. Harold Piffard, began testing a 40 hp pusher biplane that he had designed and built at his studio in London. Remembering a suitably flat area in the brooks south of the College he hired a small field and hoisted a red flag to warn the local residents whenever tests were to be carried out. The landlord of the nearby 'Sussex Pad' seeing the goings on bet a crate of champagne that the machine would not fly the length of the field, but after delays waiting for suitable weather 'Piff' was successful on the 10th July, so winning the wager and becoming the first to fly a powered aircraft over Sussex.
By early 1911 a recognised aerodrome existed, and a race from Brooklands to Shoreham on the 6th May was won by Gustav Hamel in a Blériot monoplane. In June ten wooden hangars and a grandstand were built for the 'Circuit of Europe' and 'Round Britain' air races, the first truly international events to be held. Shoreham was a refuelling and timed staging post and the field was extended to 500 yards square. A official opening ceremony for the new Brighton (Shoreham) Aerodrome, as it was then known, was held on the 20th June attended by the Mayors of Brighton, Hove and Worthing.

Gatwick Airport, London: International Handbook, published 1985 (booklet, Gatwick Airport) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9481]

Little Airport, Great Memories: Shoreham, West Sussex, by Bel Bailey, published 1985 (article) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10101]

Fighter Station Supreme: R.A.F. Tangmere, by Wing commander H. R. Allen, D.F.C., published 9 May 1985 (192 pp., Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., ISBN-10: 0586062661 & ISBN-13: 9780586062661) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9359] & West Sussex Libraries

Sussex Industrial History: Journal of the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society: Gatwick. The Evolution of an Airport, by John King, published 1986 (issue no. 16, 68 pp., Sussex Industrial History, ISBN-10: 0951203606 & ISBN-13: 9780951203606ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9930] & The Keep [LIB/506526] & R.I.B.A. Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries   Download PDF
Foreward by Air Marshall Sir Frederick Sowrey, K.C.B., C.B.E., A.F.C:
This is a story of determination and endeavour in the face of many difficulties - the site, finance and "the authorities" - which had to be overcome in the significant achievement of the world's first circular airport terminal building. A concept which seems commonplace now was very revolutionary fifty years ago, and it was the foresight of those who achieved so much which springs from the pages of John King's fascinating narrative.
Although a building is the central character, the story rightly involves people because it was they who had to agonise over the decisions which were necessary to achieve anything. They had the vision, but they had to convince others: they had to raise the cash, to generate the publicity, to supervise the work - often in the face of opposition to Gatwick as a commercial airfield.
My own introduction to the Beehive came six years after it was opened when the squadrons at the grass airfield that was war-time Gatwick used the building as a Headquarters. As well as the administrative centre. it also housed the Link instrument flying trainers on which we practised our developing skills. Some of those whose achievements are the thread of this story were still living locally and were hospitality itself to the Royal Air Force pilots using their brainchild.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about a remarkable building is that it is still around. No one has demolished it, yet it is not now used as a terminal. Although it never achieved the success hoped for, successive owners have recognised its worth. All credit to Gatwick Airport Limited, (formerly the British Airports Authority) for marking the 50th Anniversary by publishing a work of historical significance which will materially help to achieve the preservation of the building it portrays.

Pressure grows for second Gatwick runway, by T. Byrd and L. Russell, published 1988 in New Civil Engineer (article, pp.4-5)

The First Aeroplanes in Uckfield, 1911 and a Brief Note on Pioneering Flights in Sussex, 1911, by N. D. Edwards, published 1989 accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503018]

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, by James Beedle, published 1990 (leaflet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12783]

Ford Trimotor and Ford Aerodrome, by Peter H. Chaplin, published 1990 in Sussex Industrial History (issue no. 20, article, pp.35-36, ISSN: 0263-5151) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506526]   Download PDF
Henry Ford, the son of a farmer, is probably best remembered for his pioneering the mass production of cars, trucks and of course the ubiquitous Fordson tractor. However, it is not often realised that by the early 1920's, Henry Ford was taking a great interest in aircraft and to quote from his words "In a motor car you can go almost anywhere land exists. In an airplane you can go almost anywhere a man can breathe, and with the development of the supercharger it is possible to go places even where man cannot breathe under normal circumstances".
In 1926, after some years of experimenting, the Ford Trimotor went into production. It was a high wing three engined aircraft of all metal construction and new alloy called -Alclad' which combined the corrosion resistance of pure aluminium with the strength of duralumin was used. This resulted in the machine earning the nickname of Tin Goose. The aircraft carried 16 passengers whilst the two pilots were in an enclosed cockpit. It became very popular and at one time held the world's speed record for its class at 162 m.p.h. Production was also at a high rate: with typical Ford practice, raw materials entered the rear of the factory and finished planes, of shining aluminium, emerged from the front which also served as an enormous hangar. According to Ford historian James K. Wagner, by 1 May 1929, Ford's aeroplane production reached a record one-a-day rate. Trimotors were shipped to England and in fact they were used on the Croydon-Le Touquet service.
In July 1931, the Ford company set up a European headquarters at Ford aerodrome, near Arundel, utilising the two large hangars on the Yapton side.

Wings Over Rye, edited by Jo Kirkham, published 1 September 1990 (Rye Memories, 120 pp., Thomas Peacocke Community College, Local History Group, ISBN-10: 1870600126 & ISBN-13: 9781870600125) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Sussex flights and fliers 1783-1919, by Roy Brooks, published 1992 (vi + 179 pp., published by the author) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Merlin and the Sabre: The Story of RAF Apuldram, 1943-1945, by Ken Rimell, published 1992 (booklet, published by the author) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 11836] & West Sussex Libraries

RAF Tangmere in Old Photographs, by Andy Saunders, published 26 November 1992 (160 pp., Stroud: Sutton Publishing Ltd., ISBN-10: 0750901721 & ISBN-13: 9780750901727) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12174][Lib 12926] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The fifties revisited: an aerobiography, by Peter G. Campbell, published 1994 (128 pp., Gillingham: Cirrus Assosiates, ISBN-10: 0951559818 & ISBN-13: 9780951559819) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Report on the Incident to Boeing 737-2y5a, 95-Aba at London Gatwick Airport on 20 October 1993, by Air Accidents Investigation Branch, published 16 July 1994 (3 pp., Stationery Office Books, ISBN-10: 0115512888 & ISBN-13: 9780115512889) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Those magnificent men and Shoreham Aerodrome, published 1 July 1994 in Private Property, Government Requisition and the Constitution, 1914-1927 (by G. R. Rubin, chapter 4, pp.39-55, Bloomsbury, ISBN-10: 1852850981 & ISBN-13: 9781852850982)
On the taking over of Shoreham for aviation training during World War I

Report on the Incident to Airbus A320-212, G-Kmam London Gatwick Airport on 26 August 1993, by Air Accidents Investigation Branch, published 27 February 1995 (21 pp., Stationery Office Books, ISBN-10: 0115516816 & ISBN-13: 9780115516818) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Sussex Aviation 1920-1939, by Roy Brooks, published 1996 (iii + 106 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0951978713 & ISBN-13: 9780951978719) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506088] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Coolham Airfield remembered: Memories and anecdotes of a Sussex D-Day Fighter Station and village, by Paul Hamlin and Ann Davies, published 1996 (150 pp., published by the author, ISBN-13: 9780952796800) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Shoreham Airport, Sussex: The Story of Britain's Oldest Licensed Airfield, by T. M. A. Webb, published 15 June 1996 (91 pp., Cirrus Associates (S.W.), ISBN-10: 0951559826 & ISBN-13: 9780951559826) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Bader's Tangmere Spitfires, Untold Story, 1941, by Dilip Sarkar, published 1 November 1996 (207 pp., Patrick Stephens Ltd., ISBN-10: 1852605634 & ISBN-13: 9781852605636) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Piffard and Shoreham Airport, by Janet Pennington, published 1999 in Lancing College Magazine (vol 80. no 603, article)

From the Flightdeck: Boeing 777 London Gatwick-Atlanta, by Bruce Campion-Smith, published 25 February 1999 (96 pp., Ian Allen Publishing, ISBN-10: 0711025657 & ISBN-13: 9780711025653)

Shoreham Airport, Sussex: The Story of Britain's Oldest Licensed Airfield, by T. M. A. Webb and Dennis L. Bird, published 4 September 1999 (151 pp., 2nd revised edition, Cirrus Associates (S.W.), ISBN-10: 1902807030 & ISBN-13: 9781902807034) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

"Ruth-Less" and far from home, by Kevin Watson, published 2000 (127 pp., ISBN-13: 9780953839001) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
Story of the crew of an American B24 Liberator bomber which crashed into The Combe, a hill near Eastbourne, on the 2 February 1944.

Spitfires Over Sussex: The Exploits of 602 Squadron, by David Rowland, published 30 October 2000 (150 pp., Peacehaven: Finsbury Publishing, ISBN-10: 0953939200 & ISBN-13: 9780953939206) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Shoreham Airport: record of visiting aircraft 1945-1970, compiled by Peter G. Campbell, published December 2000 (128 pp., Gillingham: Cirrus Assosiates, ISBN-10: 1902807073 & ISBN-13: 9781902807072) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Memories of Friston Airfield, by Mollie Bertin, published 2001 accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502687]

Shoreham Airport: the oldest licensed airport in the country, by David Dunstall, published c.2002 in Journal for British Industrial and Transport History (issue 35, article, pp.2-17; issue 36 pp. 55-64)

Survivors: True Stories of Airmen Who Crashed - And Lived to Tell the Tale, by David Rowland, published 12 October 2004 (164 pp., Peacehaven: Finsbury Publishing, ISBN-10: 0953939235 & ISBN-13: 9780953939237) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Heroes of Fighter Command Sussex, by Rupert Matthews, published 2007 (192 pp., Berkshire: Countryside Books, ISBN-10: 1846740363 & ISBN-13: 9781846740367) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Cecil Pashley and Shoreham: the story of a pioneer aviator, by Alan Readman, published Autumn 2007 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 76, article, p.4) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/76] & The Keep [LIB/500500]

Early Years of Aviation in West Sussex: a selection of photos from the Marlipins Museum, Shoreham, published Autumn 2007 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 76, article, p.23) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/76] & The Keep [LIB/500500]

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Silver Jubilee 1977, by Alan Bower, published Autumn 2007 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 76, article, p.51) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/76] & The Keep [LIB/500500]

The Aviation Memorials of West Sussex, by Philip MacDougall, published Autumn 2007 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 76, article, p.62) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/76] & The Keep [LIB/500500]

Beachy Head! Angels 20: The Battle of Britain Over Eastbourne During the Summer of 1940, by Paul Nash, published 1 June 2008 (2nd edition, 130 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0955944406 & ISBN-13: 9780955944406) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Royal Naval Airship Station Polegate : a souvenir, 1914-1919, edited by Guy Mather, published 2009 (ii + 56 pp. spiral bound, Whale-back Press, ISBN-10: 0955003911 & ISBN-13: 9780955003912) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Noise exposure contours for Gatwick Airport 2008, by J. Lee and others, published September 2009 (ERCD report: 0902, viii + 29 pp., London: Civil Aviation Authority)

Chaucery Memorial, 65th Anniversary of the Rustington Plane Crash on February 17th 1945, by Mary Taylor, published 2010 (published by the author) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Noise Monitor Positions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports, by Sam White and others, published 30 April 2010 (ERCD report: 1004 , vi + 13 pp., Stationery Office Books , ISBN-10: 0117923915 & ISBN-13: 9780117923911)

Tangmere: famous Royal Air Force fighter station : an authorised history, by Reginald Byron and David Coxon, published 3 December 2013 (328 pp., London: Grub Street in association with Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, ISBN-10: 1909166197 & ISBN-13: 9781909166196) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
This is the first full history of the Royal Air Force fighter station at Tangmere, West Sussex, from its beginnings in the First World War until its untimely closure in 1970. In its day, it was one of the best-known and strategically most important fighter stations in the British Isles. Tangmere first became prominent in the 1920s and 1930s for the highly polished air displays given at the RAF Pageants at Hendon by the pilots and aircraft of its resident squadrons, 1 and 43. On the outbreak of the Second World War, 1 Squadron was the first RAF squadron to be sent to France. With the fall of France in May 1940, Tangmere's squadrons found themselves right on the front line and during the Battle of Britain Tangmere was one of the main fighter stations constantly engaging with the deadly Luftwaffe. Tangmere's Hurricane and Spitfire pilots continued heroically to defend southern England for the next three years and turned increasingly to an offensive role, led by Wing Commander Douglas Bader. Squadrons at Tangmere were heavily involved in Operation Jubilee, the combined raid on Dieppe, and continued over the years to harass the enemy across the Channel with increasing accuracy, ferocity and persistence, culminating in a pivotal role in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings.
After the war Tangmere settled into a peacetime routine, became home to the High Speed Flight and the World Air Speed Record was broken there in 1946 and again in 1953 by Neville Duke. As the cold war set in Tangmere was no longer well positioned as an interceptor station and by the end of 1958 Fighter Command had withdrawn its last squadron. The airdrome was used by Signals Command for six years or so then served as a home to various non-flying units until its decommissioning in 1970. It is now a highly prized museum with many valuable artifacts and aircraft. Expertly told with use of official diaries and operations record books this is a long-awaited, comprehensive and conclusive account of a fascinating fighter station and its neighboring airfield Ford.

Rustington and the World Airspeed Records, by Mary Taylor, published 2014 (Rustington Heritage Association) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Report on the accident to Airbus A330-343, G-VSXY, London Gatwick Airport 16 April 2012, by Robert D. G. Carter, published 12 February 2014 (ix + 72 pp., Aldershot, Hampshire: Air Accidents Investigation Branch)

Deanland A.L.G.: The History of a Sussex Airfield, by Peter Waring, published 6 May 2014 (revised edition, 36 pp., Hailsham: Laughton Air Museum, ISBN-10: 0952619717 & ISBN-13: 9780952619710) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Shoreham Airport: An Illustrated History, by Peter C. Brown, published 19 December 2014 (160 pp., Stroud: Amberley Publishing, ISBN-10: 1445633442 & ISBN-13: 9781445633442) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
Shoreham is the oldest airport in the UK, aviator Harold Piffard first flying from there in 1910, although the aerodrome only officially opened on 20 June 1911. It served as a base for Alliott Verdon Roe (founder of Avro) and John Alcock (one of the first men to fly the Atlantic). At the start of the First World War, the first flight of British military aircraft left from Shoreham to join the fighting in France. In the 1930s the airfield became an airport for Brighton, Hove and Worthing and a new terminal building in the art deco style was opened in 1936. This building is still in use today and is now Grade II listed.
During the Second World War, Shoreham again served as a military airfield, coming under attack several times. The airfield is still operational today and is used by light aircraft and flying schools and as a venue for an air show and a filming location. In this book, aviation historian Peter C. Brown takes us through the history of this key centre in early British aviation.
Review by Patrick Clinton in Sussex Past & Present no. 134, December 2014:
For anyone interested in Shoreham Airport and its unique place in Aviation history, this is for you. The publication, comprising 160 pages with 178 illustrations, has a sensible balance of text to photographs. The book is structured chronologically, from "Those Magnificent Men" (pre 1914), 1914-1918, 1919-1939 etc. There is some wonderful narrative of people and events from 1911 onwards, starting with the first landing of a Bleriot monoplane arriving from Brighton. A number of key events, including the regular financial challenges faced by the Airport, are covered succinctly. Although the pictures are black and white this adds to the evocative feel of the Airport through every period covered.
A more balanced selection of photographs would have been beneficial as the majority of photographs are post-1960; although more than 50 years of history had elapsed since the earliest flights, less than 20 pictures are from that period.
The final chapter covers the role and invaluable work of the Shoreham Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service, who have been a key service for over 90 years.
The publication price represents good value for what is a reasonably comprehensive narrative of a unique Sussex treasure.