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Why not enjoy shopping and history in Lewes?

At the heart of rural Sussex lies the beautiful county town of Lewes - a mixture of the unusual and intriguing.

Lewes is a market town of small, specialist, independent retailers and on certain days, the subtle aromas wafting from Harvey’s Brewery will attract any visitor to Cliffe High Street. Bookshops, boutiques and antique centres sit alongside individual craft workshops, and the restaurants, cafes, and pubs offer delicious choices all year round with real emphasis on local produce

Surrounded by chalk cliffs, the town is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves (fourth wife of King Henry Vlll). Lewes also claims host to numerous contemporary art galleries and historic & special interest sites ....

Photo and post by Jenny at https://www.steyningcottages.co.uk

Lewes is 7 miles from Brighton and a half hour's drive from Steyning.

For more information on places to see in Brighton and Sussex visit my collection at http://bit.ly/1jeAJ2ial
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Bignor Park Gardens Open For Charity

Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 15 May, Sunday 10 June (2 - 5pm) 2018. Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.

There are 11 acres of gardens to explore, with wonderful views of the South Downs. You will see interesting trees, shrubs, and wild flower areas, with swathes of daffodils in spring. The walled flower garden has fantastic herbaceous borders. Wander and admire the temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.

Bignor Park is in West Sussex, RH20 1HG. It is 5 miles south of Petworth & Pulborough. Well sign posted from B2138. The nearest villages are Sutton, Bignor & West Burton.

Just a 30 minute drive from Rosebud Holiday Cottage in Steyning!

Read about ten of my favourite things to see and do locally at https://steyningcottages.co.uk/local-top-10-sussex/

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April is a great time to visit Sussex!

The weather will be warming up and many historic buildings and gardens re open to the public.

You can see Parham House in the photo which reopens in April. it's one of my favourite places to visit as I love the gardens there. Just a short drive or half an hour bus ride from lovely Steyning in West Sussex

Read more about things do in Sussex in my blog https://steyningcottages.co.uk/local-guide-steyning-sussex/
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Have you ever been to Arundel Castle?

This magnificent building reopens to the public on 31st March. Situated in historic picturesque Arundel in West Sussex it is well worth visiting.
The oldest feature is the motte (an artificial mound) which dates from 1068. You can see it in the photo below.

Read about 10 of my favourite places to see in Sussex at
https://steyningcottages.co.uk/local-top-10-sussex/
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The oldest Norman Church in West Sussex

St Nicholas Church is in the pretty village of Bramber in West Sussex. It was built as a chapel for Bramber Castle around 1073

Unfortunately very little remains of the castle .. but entry to the castle grounds is free... It's a lovely picnic spot.

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Steyning is just a mile from Bramber and 10 miles from Brighton. You can rent Rosebud Cottage in Steyning as a holiday let throughout the year!

#sussex #steyning #bramber #church #historic #architecture #holidaylet #holidayhome #brighton
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Wander round Steyning and admire the historic buildings

Steyning was founded by Saint Cuthman (c750AD), and is rich in history. It was once a port on the then navigable estuary of the River Adur and was prized by the Normans. With over 125 listed buildings, you can amble through the High Street and small lanes and see stunning examples of Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture showing how important Steyning was as a trading centre.

Find out more about this small rural town at https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/

Steyning is 10 miles from Brighton and 60 miles from London in south east England

For more information on places to see in Brighton and Sussex visit my collection at http://bit.ly/1jeAJ2i

#sussex #steyning #england #brighton #accommodation
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Wander round Steyning and admire the historic buildings

Steyning is a picturesque small rural town in West Sussex. It was founded by Saint Cuthman (c750AD), and is rich in history.

Once a port on the then navigable estuary of the River Adur, it was prized by the Normans. With over 125 listed buildings, you can amble through the High Street and small lanes and see stunning examples of Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture showing how important Steyning was as a trading centre. Go down Church Street (in the photo) and you will find Steyning's earliest piece of architecture, the Norman church of St Andrews and, facing it a statue of St Cuthman in an eternal thoughtful pose!

I recommend looking round Steyning Museum in Church Street too. This small museum, run by enthusiastic volunteers, tells the story of the local area from pre-history to the present day. There are permanent exhibits and temporary displays, so a look around is equally worthwhile for new or regular visitors. It is open all year from 10.30 - 12.30 & 2.30 - 4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays. 2.30 - 4 on Sundays & from 10.30 - 4 on Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays.

Read more about Steyning
https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/
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Places to visit in Autumn and Winter?

One I would particularly recommend is The Royal Pavilion: Open all year apart from Christmas Day.

The Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history.

Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.

Details at http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion

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Brighton is just 10 miles from Steyning.

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Visit Sussex in late autumn?

This a quieter season but there are still interesting places to visit.

You can see tiny St Botolphs Church in the picture - just a couple of miles from Steyning...

Photo and post by Jenny at https://steyningcottages.co.uk

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A Saxon Tower and Unique Spire at St Mary's Church!

There’s been a church at Sompting on the edge of the South Downs since before the Norman conquest of the 11th century. The oldest part of the building is the Saxon Tower, which has stonework that has been dated as pre-1000 AD.

C 9th Saxons built wooden framed Church on current site of St Mary’s Church.

A.D 960 Saxons replaced wooden church with flint church, including Tower, Nave and Chancel.

A.D 1020 Saxons extended flint tower to form unique Rheinish Helm (Rhineland Helmet) the earliest example of this type of tower in England

A.D 1080 Normans re-built Nave and Chancel along earlier Saxon foundations.

Open daily all year from 10 to 4. You can find the church in Church Lane, Sompting, BN15 0AZ. A 12 minute drive from Steyning over the South Downs.

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Steyning is within easy reach of Brighton.

#placestosee #sompting #churches #england #sussex #historic

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