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Sussex Gazetteer

Sandwiched between London and the South Coast, Sussex has an increasingly suburban feel to it. SUVs abound. Village roads have curbs and even yellow lines.

That said, the South Downs are some of the finest and most beautiful chalk land in the country, and where they meet the sea at their eastern end, some of the best known chalk cliffs.

The Seven Sisters and Beachy Head are for many people far more of an emblem of England than the more famous "White Cliffs of Dover".

Arundel Castle

Location

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OS Ref: TQ 019 072

Last Visited: 1996

Most of the fairy-tale castle you see from the road, is Victorian; good, but not all that old.

Behind the modern building, the original Norman keep, and parts of the curtain wall still survive.

Check the Arundel Castle website for opening times etc.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Arundel Castle
      Simple but comprehensive
      http://www.arundelcastle.org/

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Clayton Windmills

Location

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OS Ref: TQ 303 134

Last Visited: 2004

Jack

Jack

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

Jill

Jill

Famous landmark for families heading south. Seeing the two windmills perched on the top of the Downs was a sure sign that, yes - we are nearly there now.

Jill, the white post mill, is open to the public most weekends in the summer (unfortunately we were there mid-week). Jack, the black tower mill, is not open as it is a private residence. All his machinery has been removed anyway.

Check the Jack and Jill Windmills Societyʼs website for the current position.

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Cocking History Column

Location

Sussex_west Map

OS Ref: SU 876 174

Last Visited: 2017

Cocking History Column

Cocking History Column

Detail Cocking History Column

Detail Cocking History Column

The Cocking History Column was unveiled by Lady Cowdray on 15 April 2005. It was suggested by the sculptor Philip Jackson, a local resident, and made by 28 volunteers under his supervision.

It has forty eight low relief bronze panels which wind their way down the column in a spiral illustrating Cocking's history through images and text. On the Portland stone base are two parish maps by Juliet Crawford.

It was created for Cocking's Millennium celebrations as part of the West Sussex Parish Maps Project.

The problem is that, with out resorting to using binoculars, it is almost impossible to read the panels at the top of the column, and there is always a danger of getting dizzy trying to read the ones lower down chronologically.

A display board showing the panels straightened out would be a great addition to the site.

External Links and References

  • External Links

  • Recommended Books

    • A Sense of Place: West Sussex Parish Maps by Kim Leslie
      Detailed descriptions of a collection of maps produced by community groups as part of the West Sussex Parish Maps Project. [Currently out of print]

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Duncton Viewpoint

Location

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OS Ref: SU 954 160

Last Visited: 2017

Duncton Viewpoint

Duncton Viewpoint

Duncton Viewpoint is a small lay-by off the A285 south of Petworth. It offers tremendous views over towards the Blackdown Hills near Haslemere.

There is a Plaque which records that the lay-by was provided by the Rees Jefferys Road Fund. For more information on the fund, please see my article on the Old Winchester Hill lay-by.

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Herstmonceux Observatory

Location

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OS Ref: TQ 651 104

Last Visited: 1995

The Thompson 26" Refracting Telescope

The Thompson 26" Refracting Telescope

Shortly after the end of the Second World War, the Royal Greenwich Observatory moved from Greenwich to Hurstmonceux to escape light and air pollution. Little did they know that twenty years later the main telescope would be relocated to La Palma in the Canary Islands, and that the UK base would move to Cambridge.

The Observatory

The Observatory

In addition to the hands-on science park that now occupies the rather dreary concrete and glass buildings, there are tours of the small telescopes of the Equatorial Group that still remain on the site.

Check the Observatory Science Centreʼs website for opening times etc.

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Knockhatch Adventure Park

Location

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OS Ref: TQ 572 095

Last Visited: 1999

One for the kids mainly, but has an interesting collection of birds of prey (as well as the inevitable owls). Demonstrations are held regularly through the day.

Check the Knockhatch Adventure Parkʼs website for opening times etc.

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Pooh Bridge

Location

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OS Ref: TQ 470 337

Last Visited: 2005

Pooh Bridge

Pooh Bridge

The current bridge is a modern (1999) replacement of the one E H Sheppard immortalised all those years ago but is very much in keeping with the original built in 1907 by J C Osman.

It seems to be very popular with students from the local EFL schools, although one does wonder what on earth the Japanese and other overseas students make of the quintessentially English A A Milne.

Bring your own Pooh Sticks though, as all suitable twigs in the surrounding area, disappeared downstream long ago.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Pooh Bridge
      Brief details
      http://www.ashdownforest.co.uk/Places/poohbridge.htm
  • Recommended Books

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St Mary the Virgin, Upwaltham

Location

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OS Ref: SU 942 138

Last Visited: 2017

St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin, Upwaltham is a tiny Early English single cell church located in fields outside the small settlement of Upwaltham in a remote part of the South Downs.

Perhaps its most famous (only famous?) incumbent was Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892) who eventually became a Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster.

St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin

Before converting to Catholicism, Manning started his career as curate to the Rector of Lavington-with-Graffham, and was in charge of St Mary's, Upwaltham. The church and surrounding area always had a special place in his heart and later in life he wrote to Mary Wilberforce:

I am afraid it is a weakness of mine to remember the past. It rises up to me like the background to some sacred picture where even the earth looks like Paradise … The Downs seem to me only less beautiful than heaven.

According to the board outside the church services are held on the third Sunday of the month at 11:30.

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