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Things to do in Bramber, West Sussex

Bramber Castle
Bramber Castle © nickos - stock.adobe.com

The pretty village of Bramber regularly wins the 'South East in Bloom' competition.

It features the 15th century St. Mary's House and the ruins of Bramber Castle.

Bramber Castle and St Nicholas church overlooking Bramber
Bramber Castle and St Nicholas church overlooking Bramber © Geoffrey - stock.adobe.com

The castle, built soon after 1066 is a beautiful, romantic setting - ideal for a picnic.

St. Mary's House is a magnificent medieval house with the best late 15th-century timber framing in Sussex.

Cottages in Bramber
Cottages in Bramber © grahamspics - stock.adobe.com

It is on a charming, domestic scale and is still lived in as a family home.

The foundations date back to the 12th century and it has a unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room, other fine panelled rooms, a Music Room and imaginative gardens.

St Nicholas Church, next to the ruins of Bramber Castle
St Nicholas Church, next to the ruins of Bramber Castle © Geoffrey - stock.adobe.com

St. Mary's has interesting connections; King Charles II hid there on his escape to France, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose the house as the setting for one of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

The two main characters of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' are caricatures of two previous owners, the Hon. Algernon Bourke and his wife Gwendolen Sloane-Stanley.

Bramber with Castle ruins in the Background
Bramber with Castle ruins in the Background © grahamspics - stock.adobe.com

The nearby Chapel at Lancing College is a well-known landmark at a famous school.

Begun in 1868 and completed over 100 years later it is built in the spirit of 13th century Gothic. Its Rose Window is one of the largest in England.

Lancing College
Lancing College © Kit Leong - stock.adobe.com

Music is an essential part of life at Lancing and the Chapel houses two fine organs.

All services are open to the public.

Lancing Chapel, Lancing college
Lancing Chapel, Lancing college © Liliya Trott - stock.adobe.com

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