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An Amble Along The River Adur

Today I am taking an amble along the Adur, the River Adur, just north of Upper Beeding, a tiny village close to Bramber and Steyning in West Sussex. The Adur was an important river in Norman times. It provided a busy port at Steyning running down to the coast at Shoreham.

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Exploring Steyning, West Sussex

Today, I am taking a stroll through the West Sussex downland town of Steyning. Originally a Saxon settlement, it grew to become an important port town – the River Adur ran closer than it does today. The Norman’s built their castle close by at Bramber and the railways linked it to London for a hundred […]

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In Search of a Gibbet

I am out in the countryside again and this time I seek the gibbet of Jack Upperton, a rouge labourer from Burpham, in West Sussex who robbed the mail and was hanged for the crime.

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Two Sussex Churches

I meet up with Martin Snow, church building enthusiast, to explore two of Sussex finest Saxon/Norman churches: St Botolph’s and Coombes, both between Shoreham and Steyning in West Sussex.

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Bramber Castle and its History

Bramber Castle is situated at the west of the tiny village of Bramber, near Steyning in West Sussex. Built by William De Braose around 1171, it was the administrative centre for the rape of Bramber. I walk around the remains of the bailey and climb the motte, and later plunge into the defensive ditch that […]

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Halnaker Windmill and WW2 Observation Post

I take a visit to the iconic windmill at the top of Halnaker Hill. A grade Two listed building that is currently under going restoration. I also have a look at the WW2 Observation Post and ponder about the sights the gallant men manning must have witnessed during the Battle of Britain.

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