Robert Smith’s Cabbages

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A couple of years ago I went down to Aldwick, near Bognor Regis for the summer to house-sit a relative’s house. I ended up being stran­ded there due to a lengthy train strike. Robert Smith of the Cure is prob­ably the only famous local resid­ent. The owner of one of the local shops told me where he lived, and I went along to see it once out of curi­os­ity. The house was dull and expens­ive look­ing, but the beach it stands next to was much more Robert Smith like, with windswept shingle like Dunge­ness and rare sea cabbages. I like to imagine he really lives in a burrow under the kale. I never bothered to look at Robert Smith’s house again, but I made many trips to the beach because I liked it so much. I was usually the only person there.

I’ve just writ­ten a zine about that whole time, that you can order here.

Bleak­ness and sea kale

Cabbage clos­eups

To get to Aldwick Bay from the main beach you can either walk through the expens­ive and bland gated estate, or you can clam­ber over these rocks. If the tide is out, climb­ing is more fun.

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  1. Hi, my name is jarek, live in Bognor since 2005, the rocks which You mentioned are with alto­geth­er beach from Dark Lane is my Andalusia!!!!
    My son was 2 months old first time being there and two days ago we spent some nice time celeb­rat­ing His 15th Birth­day…
    I am huge lover of The Cure, I do not know person­ally These Great Musi­cians (I would love to meet Them and having nice talk with Them) and I told my son that Mr Robert Smith lives some­where here and is making me “flying” as not everything and every­body in Bognor area is crab. I used to rent in Old Place in Aldwick and was walk­ing all area sever­al times includ­ing Estate Aldwick but never met Robert Smith and no idea which house it is, I knoe where the “cabbages” are on the beach so believe some­where near….
    Thank You for nice article and so nice pictures.
    Keep well#jarek

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