Monday, 27 September 2010
We have done a search to find out who this man might be. So far, we have come up with an ‘obscure’ crime fiction writer who published a number of novels in the 1940s and 50s and was also an eccentric freelance journalist.
It seems unlikely, but possible, that he was the actor Conrad Phillips who played William Tell; he would have been too young to fight in the Spanish Civil War himself, but his older brother did fight in the Spanish Civil War, so this may have been the link.
I did find a death registered for Conrad Arnaud Phillips in Worthing (our current registration district) in 1975. This Conrad Phillips was born in October 1898. If this is our man, he lived a long life and remained in this area until his death.
Do you know who the eccentric Steyning resident, Conrad Phillips, was?
As to the house itself, we have no idea which house it could be, or whether it is still standing but would love to know. Can you help us with either of these mysteries?
Posted by Steyning Museum at 18:42