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Percy helped to build town hall

ANOTHER of the workmen who built Bognor Regis Town Hall has been identified. Mick Trenchard said he believed the gentleman standing on the front right of the photograph, above, was his maternal grandfather, Percy Barnard.

 

Mr Trenchard said: “He died before I was born but my mother always recounted with pride how he helped to build the town hall. ”

 

He worked as a bricklayer and local Bognor fisherman and he, his wife and daughters – one of whom was my mum, Doris Lilian – lived in Scott Street.”

 

The Post recently published the photograph of the team of construction workers who created the civic building in 1929 and owned by Barry Peskett.

 

Mr Peskett’s father and an uncle were among the formally dressed men. His father, Howard Peskett, is fifth from the left second row down, and his uncle, Peter Refoy, is next to him on the right.

 

Mr Peskett told the Post recently: “It’s a real bit of history to know your father helped to build the town hall.

 

“It’s one of the only good buildings that still stands in the town.”

 

The town hall’s foundation stone was laid in May 1929 by town builder HW Seymour to a design by Charles Cowles-Voysey on the corner of Belmont Street and Clarence Road.

 

It became a Grade II-listed building in 2003 and Historic England describes it as: “Symmetrical splayed design with central spur to rear in yellow Flemish bond brickwork with brown brick and stone dressings and hipped pantiled roof with elaborate wooden clock face.”

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