I am joined by Martin Snow today and in search of the Hardham Tunnel, a special tunnel on a cut on the Arun Navigation in West Sussex. There was a route to and from London by water back in the 18th Century. It came from the city on the River Wey, then down the Wey/Arun […]
Today I am up early to cross the old Shoreham Toll Bridge over the River Adur in West Sussex. The grade 2 listed crossing was first built in 1781 and later rebuilt in 1916 and then recently renovated at huge expense. Until 1970 it took road vehicles, including buses and lorries. It was part of […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]