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 years until Dr Richard Beeching cut the line in the 1960s. But the architecture is stunning and that’s what I am here to have a look at.

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 encircles it.