Lydia Cattermole – The face of Sunny Worthing

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The associated image of Lydia Cattermole was painted by her husband, Lance Cattermole, for the Southern Region railway company, a division of British Rail in Great Britain.

Southern Region is now known as Southern and British rail is now called National Rail.

This poster promoted train travel by Southern Region, specifically to Worthing in West Sussex, on the south coast of England.

The copyright owner of the poster is The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum. The image is available under a creative commons non-commercial license.

Lydia Cattermole – The face of Sunny Worthing

Lydia Cattermole

Lydia was born on 15 February 1910 in Camberwell, London and died in January 1998 in Worthing, West Sussex.

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Lydia worked as a secretary to Colonel Stern, who was the owner of Highdown Gardens in Worthing and the commander of Worthing Home Guard during World War II.

It has been suggested but not confirmed that she was a spy for the British.

The Cattermoles lived in High Salvington, a district of Worthing.

An actor named Ian Holm, who lived next door to them as a boy, recalled that they were a bohemian couple who organised the best parties in Worthing.

Source: Worthing Journal’s Facebook page. 25 August 2021.

Lance Cattermole 1898 – 1992

Lance (Full name Harry Lancelot Moss Cattermole) painted in oil and watercolour. He was educated in Worthing and Odiham, Hants and went on to study at the Central School of Arts & Crafts between 1922 and 1923 and at the Slade School between 1923 and 1926. He produced posters for Southern and Scottish region railway companies.

Source: Science Museum

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