... and finally, here’s the latest news from 1898

JPCT 020713 S13279998x West Sussex County Times. Archive newspaper 1898 -copy by Steve Cobb

JPCT 020713 S13279998x West Sussex County Times. Archive newspaper 1898 -copy by Steve Cobb

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Builder Paul Gettins got a surprise this week, when he accidentally uncovered a West Sussex County Times page from January 15, 1898.

Paul came across the fragment while working in the roof space of a house he was renovating in Rushams Road.

JPCT 020713 S13279999x West Sussex County Times. Archive newspaper 1898 -copy by Steve Cobb

JPCT 020713 S13279999x West Sussex County Times. Archive newspaper 1898 -copy by Steve Cobb

“It dropped down on top of me,” he said. “There’s one part readable, about a bloke sleeping in a barn shed.”

The paper says that the man was sentenced to one day in prison after he admitted sleeping in a cow shed near Warnham, scaring away the farmer’s cows.

Paul said: “It was a bit of a shock. Doing what I do, you do find old newspapers, but not normally one that’s that old, or that parts of it are still readable.”