One of England's most important early Tudor houses – Cowdray in West Sussex was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. It was so important it was visited by both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII.
Open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from Saturday 30th April until Sunday 4th September 2016. 11 am – 4 pm with last entries at 3 pm.
St Botolph's Church has been referred to by a historian as one of the 'lost downland churches". It is in a peaceful spot next to the River Adur.
Admire the clean lines and perfect setting of the small, attractive church! The nave and chancel are Saxon. At the west end of the south wall is an original round-headed Saxon window.
The Saxons took advantage of the power vacuum in Sussex left behind by the Romans when they could no longer afford to maintain outlying parts of their empire in the fifth century. When the people of Sussex asked Rome for help in defending themselves from Saxon raiders, the Empire decided it couldn’t afford to strike back and left Britain to fight for its own future.
The name Sussex comes from an adaptation of the name South Saxons.
The church also has fragments of medieval wall painting …
Steyning is a fascinating place if you love history: The small rural town pre-dates the Norman Conquest.
St Cuthman, a Celtic saint from c8 or c9, is alleged to have arrived here pulling his sick mother in a cart. When the tow rope broke he assumed that this was a sign from God that Steyning was where he should stay. He built built a wooden church – and administered to the needs of his adopted flock. After his death, the church became a place of pilgrimage. The sea was much closer by in those days and so a port of St Cuthman was built on the River Adur nearby. The church at Steyning was part of a monastery …
The church was rebuilt in later years on the same site. Inside the building, is a truly glorious Norman nave, complete with the most beautifully harmonious decorations and carvings.
Another picture of the excellent Weald and Downland Museum..
Discover traditional buildings that tell the story of the people who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period! Explore the 40-acre site and visit some of their 50 exhibit buildings.
Many of their houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. Enjoy demonstrations: E.g Cooking in their Tudor kitchen; milling flour in their working watermill; blacksmithing in their Victorian smithy.
Arundel, in West Sussex, is well worth a visit & Arundel Castle – seen here in the background – is a favourite destination for tourists.
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at the castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070.
The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future.
Brighton Pier – Brighton, England
The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton, England, which opened in 1899. It is generally known as the Palace Pier for short but has been informally renamed Brighton Pier.
Work began on the Palace Pier in 1891. The inaugural ceremony for laying of the first pile was held on 7 November 1891, overseen by Mayor Samuel Henry Soper.
The pier opened in May 1899 after costing a record £27,000 to build. This was Brighton’s third pier, a condition to be met by its builders, in exchange for permission to build, was that the first, the Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was to be demolished. They were saved this task by a storm which largely destroyed the Chain Pier.
A concert hall opened two years later, and by 1911 this had become a theatre.
During World War II the pier was closed and some decking removed as a security precaution.
Brighton Beach and Pier – Brighton, England
Brighton is a seaside resort and the largest part of the City of Brighton and Hove situated in East Sussex, England.
Brighton’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large cultural, music and arts scene.
Brighton attracts over 8.5 million visitors annually and is the most popular seaside destination in the UK for overseas tourists.