The Selsey Arms

The Selsey Arms

Have you ever wondered why the pub on the A286 at West Dean, north of Chichester is called the Selsey Arms? It is really quite a long way from the small town of Selsey located on the southern most tip of the Manhood Peninsula. My previous post told the early story of...

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Incredible Wall Paintings!

Incredible Wall Paintings!

How is it possible that these wall paintings still exist? They are 900 years old! I visited a few months ago when we were semi out of lockdown. How many thousands of us will have looked up to these figures - admired them and taken interest in the stories they...

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Jacobean Splendour

Jacobean Splendour

Isn't this a magnificent memorial! Sadly only the top half remains! You can see it in the church of St Andrew at West Dean. It is a reminder of the Lewknor family who purchased the Manor of West Dean in 1588. They held it until 1706 when, through marriage, it passed...

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St Richard’s Church, Burton Park

St Richard’s Church, Burton Park

Just after Christmas we went for a walk through Burton Park near Duncton. The delightful little church looks a little incongruous next to the early 19th century mansion, but this can easily be overlooked as the park setting is simply stunning! I wish I had read up...

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Sussex Day

Sussex Day

Today, the 16th June is Sussex Day and we celebrate this with the martlet flag flying throughout our beautiful little corner of the world! So what are we celebrating? And why today? And what is a martlet? Though many like to disagree, we have actually been divided...

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Look out for these Coade stone plaques….

Look out for these Coade stone plaques….

As you take a walk around Chichester or go for a bike ride through the villages close to the Goodwood Estate keep your eyes peeled for examples of these old 'stone' plaques on buildings and cottages..... But these plaques have not been carved out of stone – that would...

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The Ups and Downs

The Ups and Downs

English is so confusing .....  I always have to make sure I explain myself when I'm talking about the South Downs with foreign visitors who come on my guided walks. They must wonder what on earth I mean! I must sound really silly! How can a range of 'Ups' be called...

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William Peachey’s Gravestone

William Peachey’s Gravestone

The ancient gravestone of William Peachey is set into the wall of All Saints Church in the downland village of East Dean. It has become quite famous, people come from far and wide to look at this 17th century stonemason's workmanship, or more correctly his lack of...

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Zizzi’s in South Street, Chichester

Zizzi’s in South Street, Chichester

If you've ever been into Zizzi's at the bottom of Chichester's South Street you may have wondered, whilst waiting for your pizza or pasta to arrive, what the building used to be.... The clue is in the name of the little street beside it!! Above the modern restaurant...

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