One James Boxall, who was landlord of the Dolphin Inn on West Street in 1807, employed a coach driver called Reuben Benham.

One dark and tempestuous night in January 1808 Benham met with a fatal accident whilst negotiating a bridge at Midhurst in his coach.

Instead of going over the bridge he drove straight into the wharf (presumably on the River Rother!) and lost his life.

Had Reuben Benham managed to live to a very grand old age he would have met his great grandson who, born in 1866, became the world famous author – HG Wells!