Hove Deep Sea Anglers
Members Club

History of HDSA




The “Hut” has stood on the Beach at the Western end of Hove Esplanade for over a hundred years, and became the Angling club hut when the club was formed in 1909.  At this period the club would have resided in Aldrington as the Hove boundary finished at Medina Villas area.

One of the founders of the HDSA was Mr AWF Varley, who was a capable sportsman in his youth, winning in excess of fifty prizes for sailing, rowing, fishing and cycling.   He was elected to serve on Hove council in 1907 and was made an Alderman in 1939.



In 1912 on the 8th January, the title of ownership  of the club hut was transferred from a Mr HW Stenning to the Deep Sea Anglers. This was approved by the Hove Council, who as land owners of the ground the hut stood on, levied an annual rental of £1-0s-0d payable by the club.



In 1917 the HUT dimensions were described as 60ft x 9ft x 7ft but 5 years later the dimensions increased when a larger hut replaced the original.

In 1922  the new hut remained at 60ft in length but was 20ft wide x 12ft in height.

In March 1929 HDSA held a joint annual dinner with the Brighton Anglers at the clubhouse.

In 1929 PE Beaumont was HDSA club president



In 1933 during Safety First week, a demonstration took place on the 7th October, involving the Shoreham lifeboat, who rescued  a “stricken wreck” just off the foreshore…..the “wreck” being lent by Leo Evershed, who was the secretary of the HDSA at the time.



By 1937 the total membership stood at 300 approximately.


In August 1938 AH Wood , a boatman to the club, assisted in the rescue of Ernest Johnson , 28, a married man from Portslade who unfortunately was pronounced dead when recovered off Hove Beach.



During the 1930’s it was reported that most of the HDSA members owned motor vehicles and had been parking them on the beach opposite the clubhouse for the previous 20 years.  However somebody on Hove Council discovered this was an illegal practice and the practice was stopped in 1937….much to the disgust of club members !!  Later towards the end of the 20th century the club got a hard standing area near the clubhouse for members vehicles.

The “2nd World War Years”  -  no information about the club is recorded, probably because the area and beaches along the Sussex coast were heavily fortified with soldiers occupying positions in The Hove Bungalows ( Mansions today) , next door to the clubhouse whilst old WW1 tanks were positioned along the promenade as decoys to fool enemy aircraft, and most of the lagoon and beach area was cordoned off to the public as the area and sea defences were heavily mined.


In 1983 the Architect, Christopher Dodd, designed a new extension to the clubhouse. It was a replica design of a Martello Tower, 25 ft in diameter, utilising red bricks with three broad, contrasting circular bands, also in brick, rising to 15 feet and housing a circular stairwell. It cost  the club £18,000 and won the best new building award in 1983 organised jointly by Hove Council and the Hove Civic Society.

In January 1996 council officials became concerned after stormy seas had eroded the shingle on the Seaward side of the clubhouse exposing part of the foundations, and as a gesture of goodwill, the council arranged for a fleet of lorries to transport shingle from other beaches further along the promenade and deposit the loads in front of the clubhouse.

In late October 1996, as a result of the “Great Gale” ,which hit the Sussex coast early in the morning, parts of the clubhouse were demolished, the roof caved in, several walls collapsed, the snooker room was levelled and the interior of the club was under two feet of water. Fortunately the Bar survived unscathed, much to the relief of the 450 members and the repair bill amounted to around £20,000. The damage was caused by wind gusts of over 80 mph, from the tail end of ‘Hurricane Lili’ coming in from the Southern Atlantic.










What else happened in this year!

• Unemployment stood at 698,000 or 7.7 % of the working population

A manual worker earned 23 shillings a week

A dozen eggs cost a shilling, a pound of butter 1s2d and a pint of beer two shillings

A pair of ladies’ shoes cost 7s11d, a man’s suit 6s11d and a girl’s school frock 2s8d

State pensions introduced in Britain , 5 shillings for a single person and 7/6d a couple, but if you had refused work, were insane, destitute or in prison, you could not claim

168 men and boys were killed in a pit disaster in West Stanley, County Durham

Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the English Channel, completing the 22 mile journey from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes

The first rugby football match to be played at Twickenham Stadium was won by Harlequins against Richmond

Manchester United won the FA Cup for the first time, beating Bristol City 1-0 in front of 71,000 people at Crystal Palace. Sandy Turnbull scored the deciding goal

British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton discovered the south magnetic pole

The worlds’ first newsreel was shown in a Paris theatre by Charles Pathe and introduced the famous crowing rooster which featured in all subsequent Pathe news casts

In 1909 the private companies that ran the London Docks were brought together in a new public trust, the Port of London Authority

January 15 Gene Krupa Legendary Jazz and Big Band drummer was born in Chicago.

January 16 Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.

February 17   Geronimo ,Chiricahua Apache leader died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

March 15  Selfridges department store opens in London.

April 19  Joan of Arc receives beatification.

June 15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lords and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

Mar 1, David Niven was born in Kirriemuir Angus, Scotland.

Mar 18, Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short-wave transmitter to converse with a government radio post about six miles away in what is believed to have been the first broadcast by a "ham" operator.

Mar 23, British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.

The WORLDS first newsreel was shown in a Paris theatre by Charles Pathe and introduced us to the famous crowing rooster logo which featured in all subsequent Pathe news casts.

May 14, Texan Samuel Franklin Cody became the first to make a powered airplane flight beyond one mile in the United Kingdom. Cody, no relation to William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, used his name and talents to create his own "Wild West" show that toured Europe. Despite the fact he could read nor write, Cody designed a series of kites, including a huge man-lifting version that could be used for battle reconnaissance. Cody built a large biplane for the British army, which he flew beyond a mile on May 14, 1909. His second flight of the day crashed. Cody died in 1913 when another of his planes broke apart in midair.

May 15, James Mason, actor (The Desert Fox, Lolita, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), was born in England.

May 30, Benny Goodman was born. He became a great clarinet player, and big band leader and was known as the "King of Swing."

Jun 14, Burl Ives, folk singer, actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), was born in Hunt

June 20 Errol Leslie Flynn was an Australian film actor, most famous for his romantic roles in swashbuckling Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle, a big friend of the film actor and later president of the USA, Ronald Reagan

Jun 26, Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, was born. He never ever was a real colonel.

Jul 25  A Frenchman, Louis Blériot, becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel by aeroplane. Flying his Type XI monoplane, he takes off from Les Baraques near Calais at 0441hrs, Winds pushed him off course, but, flying at a height of over 150 feet, Bleriot managed to follow ships back toward Dover, and lands at Northfall Meadow next to Dover Castle 36½ minutes later. Blériot wins the Daily Mail £1,000 prize.  

August 24 Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.

August 25 Clarence Leonidas Fender better known as Leo Fender, who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company later becoming G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars).  His guitar, bass, and amplifier designs from the 1950s still dominate pop music today.

Oct 4, The Cunard liner "Lusitania" crossed  the Atlantic in four days, 15 hours and 52 minutes.

Nov 8, Katherine Hepburn, American actress, was born.

Nov 11, Robert Ryan, actor was born in Chicago

November 16  The world’s first commercial airline was founded in Frankfurt on this day the "Deutsche Luftschifffahrt Aktiengesellschaft" (Delag) went on to carry passengers in their “Zeppelin airships” from Frankfurt to Baden-Baden and Duesseldorf.

Dec 9, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, actor (Ghost Story), was born in NYC

December  23  Albert I of Belgium becomes King

December- Telephones being installed in all Sussex Branch stations

What else happened in 1909?

In 1909, the year Woolworths opened its first UK store, these were the other major events.  Unfortunately they closed a 100 years later in January 2009. A legacy of the so called “Credit Crunch”

The Sri Lanka Tamil Women's Union is created.

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