Wander round Steyning and you’ll find some lovely street names
Dog Lane, Mouse Lane and Sheep Pen Lane are among my favourites
Mouse Lane is just round the corner from Rosebud Cottage and goes to Wiston House and the South Downs. You’ll find a footpath on the left which can take you up to Chanctonbury Ring 3 miles away. It’s a steepish climb.
Sheep Pen Lane is just past the White Horse Inn and Dog Lane is a little further away – both are just off the High Street.
Dog Lane – in my photo – dates back to the time when dogs pulled carts.. Now what are those cats doing there??
St Cuthman was an 8th century Saxon saint who settled in Steyning, and founded the first church. He is said to have been wheeling his invalid mother in a handcart when it broke. This was seen to be a sign from god that he should establish a church close by.
St Cuthman is depicted in three stained glass windows in St Andrew’s and St Cuthmans’s Church in Steyning, West Sussex. You can see him as a shepherd, as a builder and in the one in the photo with his mother in a handcart
You can also see a modern sculpture of St Cuthman’s was made to commemorate the millennium: he is looking across the road at his church.
The church built by the Normans in the late eleven hundreds was nearly twice the size of the present building. It had transepts and a much longer chancel than the present 19th century one, as well as two extra bays at the west end of the nave, where the 16th century flint chequer work tower now stands.
The earliest part that remains is that which now forms the chancel arch. The surviving bays of the nave arcade, built around 1170-1180, have truly wonderful carving on most of the arches and capitals, each one different, with no shortage of the customary zigzags and scallops as well as many less conventional motifs and designs.
A wonderful walk from Steyning with fantastic views across the Sussex countryside..
Start by walking up Sir George’s Place in Steyning – just off the High Street. Turn right up a footpath when you see the tennis courts. Keep heading for the trees on the skyline. Once you approach the tress you will be able to enjoy magnificent views…
Bear left as you walk through the trees. When you leave the trees head along the footpath back down into the town. You will come into Newham Lane and later the High Street. The walk takes an hour to an hour and a quarter.
I took the photo of wild garlic as I walked through the woods last weekend.