Norman Church in Steyning

Norman Church in Steyning

Explore Norman History!

St Andrew and St Cuthman’s Church in Steyning was built by the Normans in the 1080’s.

The size of the church is an indication of Steyning’s importance. It was a major town in early Sussex. Admire the wonderful dog toothed decoration on the Norman arches inside the church!

Go down Church Street off Steyning High Street to find this church.

Rural Steyning is 10 miles from Brighton


norman church steyning west sussex

Wander round the streets of Steyning!

Wander round the streets of Steyning!

Visit the museum and Norman Church

Founded in the eighth or ninth century and an important town by the 11th & 12th centuries, there is plenty of interest for anyone who enjoys history and architecture.

Call in at the local museum in Church Street & you receive a warm welcome from the volunteers there.

Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex & 10 miles from Brighton.


This historic Sussex building is well worth a visit!

This historic Sussex building is well worth a visit!

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.

Admission for adults: £6.50.

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Cowdray is near Midhurst, within easy reach of Steyning!

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St Botolph’s Church near Steyning

St Botolph’s Church near Steyning

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. Pay a visit and admire the clean lines and perfect setting of the small, attractive church!

The building dates to about 950 AD, and Saxon construction can be seen in the south wall and chancel arch. The slender tower, though it looks Saxon, is actually a 13th century addition, as is the chancel, which replaced a Saxon apse. At the west end of the south wall is an original round-headed Saxon window. The church also has fragments of medieval wall painting …

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.

This lovely small church is just a couple of miles from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton. I have walked there from nearby Bramber following the River Adur.

Annington Road, Botolphs, West Sussex, BN44 3WB


Reasons to visit Steyning in Sussex – not far from Brighton!

Reasons to visit Steyning in Sussex – not far from Brighton!

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.

Medieval Buildings in Steyning’s Church Street

As you walk along the street you’ll see late-medieval timber-framed domestic buildings. Many have been cased in various materials – brick, flint, weatherboarding, and hung tiles, and the antiquity of some is completely disguised externally.

The original settlement at Steyning was probably in fairly early Saxon times. It already existed when, according to the legend, St. Cuthman founded a church there, perhaps in the late 8th or early 9th century at the far end of Church Street.

Steyning is in West Sussex within easy reach of Brighton. Church Street is just a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage.


Open Air Museum in Sussex – a 'Must' for History Fans!

Open Air Museum in Sussex – a 'Must' for History Fans!

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.

The Museum is in West Sussex near Chichester. Details at

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Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs within easy reach of the museum

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Brighton Pier – Open all year with free admission!

Brighton Pier – Open all year with free admission!

The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a 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 

Work began on the pier in 1891. It opened in May 1899 after costing a record £27,000 to build. This was Brighton’s third pier.  the builders were given permission to build on condition 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 it.

Photo by +Joseph Debattista