Cowdray Heritage Ruins
Cowdray Heritage Ruins

In the grounds of Cowdray Park at Midhurst, are the imposing and magnificent Tudor ruins of a grand house once visited by Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The ruins are Grade I listed. In the 1520s, Sir David Owen (uncle to Henry VII) began construction of a great house, although there had been a …

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Parham House Gardens
Parham House Gardens

I’ve previously mentioned the impressive approach to Parham House which draws you along a meandering drive through 875 acres of estate parkland and grounds.  And I can’t help but wonder how this approach must have felt in centuries gone by as you arrived in this remote corner of Sussex by carriage to see the grandeur …

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Parham House
Parham House

Parham House has been teasing me for a while. I first saw it whilst cycling along the South Downs Way, far below and resplendent. On a later occasion, I found myself walking the West Sussex Literary Trail, which takes you through the grounds. The house was shut at the time due to Covid, but there …

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Dazzled and Enchanted by Sussex Prairies Garden
Dazzled and Enchanted by Sussex Prairies Garden

On a whim, and with absolutely no expectations, I recently visited the Sussex Prairies Garden near Henfield. My visit coincided with the last day of their Indian Bazaar which has run throughout the summer and I was met with an assortment of brightly coloured and fluttering, fabric flags, a shimmering elephant and a colourful array …

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Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Battle Abbey and Battlefield

As part of a recent whistle-stop tour of Sussex’s most iconic venues, Battle Abbey was a must. Most of us Sussex folk have probably visited Battle as a child as part of a school trip or a day out with family. But knowing that we’ve been there and done it, how often, as adults, do …

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