The origin of this site is Hidden Horsham (.co.uk), a website set up to publicise aspects of Horsham that you may see but not notice in detail or not even see at all. After a while the site  was closed down because of the cost of web site hosting and the time needed to handcraft the web pages and the interlinks between them. That closure led to the creation of this blog in around May 2014, kindly hosted by WordPress for free and so much easier to manage. This blog covers everything that Hidden Horsham would have covered but also any changes going on in and around Horsham.

This concept may well have been the inspiration for a book entitled Unseen London (link to Amazon) and its sequel London Uncovered. Both have photographs by Peter Dazeley who,being a trendy celebrity is known only by his surname ‘Dazeley’. Text is by Mark Daly. Unseen London covered places that are not always readily available by the public so London Uncovered put this right by using  places that are accessible, some by entry fee.

This has now inspired this site to look again at Horsham and to rediscover some of the sights and locations first covered in around 2006 when armed only with a basic compact digital camera. Now armed with a Canon DSLR and a set of lenses some of the old sites will be revisited and brought once again to your attention over the coming months and years. Also some new ones will join them. All revised blog posts will be tagged with ‘uncovered‘. Features of the ‘uncovered’ posts will be links back to the original WordPress pages and links out to Flickr where the full sized images will be posted.

The image selected for this post is the one of  thistle tiles to be found in the walkway between West Street and Blackhorse Way as you head towards Sainsbury’s.

From the Hidden Horsham home page:

Hidden Horsham was conceived as an idea in the summer of 2001 but it wasn’t until 2006 that it emerged as a web site. The site is based on the premise that the architectural heritage above the shop fronts in the town centre is being missed as a result of the shop windows drawing the attention of passers-by.

A collection of photographs were taken and put on this site, together with related information, links and history. Pages and features became interlinked as the site grew. Gradually the focus has stretched beyond the town centre and looks at our heritage within the boundaries of the town. One major article also looks at the more recent architecture and considers how that will be regarded in the next century.

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