Halnaker Update

Halnaker Update

I knew I had a few pictures of this beautiful house as I had visited a few years ago. I have just included these to show the contrast between the ruins of the old house and the Edwin Lutyens version. On a fine clear day the house can be easily seen shining down upon...

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A Visit to the De La Warr Chantry

A Visit to the De La Warr Chantry

The walk along Park Lane to the ruins of Halnaker House prompted lots of questions in my mind about the people who lived there and why the 3rd Duke of Richmond let the buildings slowly fall to ruins. Lord de la Warr lived in the house during the 16th century and his...

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Halnaker Park

Halnaker Park

Taking a walk northwards up Park Lane from the tiny village of Halnaker towards the majestic ruins of old Halnaker House last Sunday reminded me that a few years ago I had gone on an official visit, but had never bothered to write up my notes! Now of course I can't...

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Country House Styles

Country House Styles

I have recently enjoyed learning all about how the country house evolved from the very early Medieval period through to the ways it has learnt to survive in the 21st Century. So whilst watching the Downton film recently I spent quite a bit of time pondering the...

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Dinner in the Cathedral

Dinner in the Cathedral

Look how glorious the nave of the cathedral looks decked out for a huge dinner party! It was only when I was preparing to conduct a tour of Chichester Cathedral in German, did I realise where the term 'nave' came from! In German the 'nave' is 'Hauptschiff' - this...

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Princess Mary and Downton

Princess Mary and Downton

What a fantastically fun film! Friends had told me how good it was but it was even better than that, with all the characters appearing on the big screen like long lost friends. Tongue in cheek quips together with amusing storylines. Entertainment at its very best!...

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Sussex Day

Sussex Day

Well Sussex Day didn't start bright and cheerful did it - rain and more rain! But by the time I went into Chichester to meet my guests for the walking tour of the City, the rain had stopped and by the end of the tour the sun was shining! I wonder what the weather was...

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The Romans have returned!

The Romans have returned!

Roman week has returned to Chichester this Spring Bank Holiday with a wealth of things to see and do, to remind us all of our ancient heritage. Chichester is one of the few original Roman towns in the country that can boast such wonderfully intact walls. We really...

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Do you know where this is?

Do you know where this is?

I can hardly believe that Chichester's Street Art Festival took place five years ago! Most of the works were removed almost immediately after the temporary planning permission had expired as many locals were 'champing at the bit' to ensure that Chichester was returned...

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