Harold H. Piffard
Piffard flew his Humming Bird aircraft from Shoreham Airport in 1910 and the airport was born. In May 1910, Harold Piffard began testing a biplane.7 called Hummingbird. Piffard was previously a student of Lancing College and this may have been one of the reasons for the choice of airfield.
Piffard accompanied Robert Sherard when the later was doing the research for his book The White Slaves of England (1897). Piffard wrote to the owners of the establishments visited, asking permission to draw naturalistic sketches, which in all but one case were allowed. However when the United Alkali Company refused permission, he joined Sherard in climbing over the wall.:35
- "Harold H. Piffard". MutualArt.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- Sherard, Robert Harborough (1 January 1897). "The white slaves of England, being true pictures of certain social conditions in the Kingdom of England in the year 1897;". Internet Archive. London, Bowden. Retrieved 5 April 2017.