Photographer's Note

This is a picture of Emsworth Mill Pond taken last Sunday.
History shows the 18thC. to have been an important one in Emsworth's growth as it then became the main port of Chichester Harbour taking in vessels of up to 200 tons. It 1762 the Cosham-Chichester Turnpike Trust was formed and roads improved. Coaches ran regularly through the town to Brighton and London. Many fine Georgian houses date from this period, especially in the High Street, Queen Street and King Street.
By the 19thC. Emsworth was a respectable little market town where people lived by boat-building, fishing, rope and sail making and by trade in timber, corn and coal.
At the start of the present century (20thC.) the death of the oyster industry, the reduction in milling, the growing influence of the railway and the first World War greatly changed the established patterns of life.
Nowadays Emsworth is perhaps known for its sailing, yet still retains its own peculiar character and atmosphere.

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