Now split into East and West Sussex, I will treat it as it used to be - one county. I love Sussex. Whereas Kent suffers from the amount of traffic heading for the Channel crossings, which has resulted in two major motorways, and two major railways, Sussex doesn't suffer like that.
The site now occupied by the Museum was formerly the Amberley chalk pits. From the 1840s to the 1960s, chalk was quarried and burnt in kilns to make lime for mortar, for decorating and for agricultural use. A century ago the limeworks was one of the largest in the region.
The Museum contains chalk pits, kilns and buildings from this once important industry, as well as many other interesting exhibits.
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.
Arundel Castle is now the home of The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their children. The Duke of Norfolk is the Premier Duke, the title having been conferred on Sir John Howard in 1483 by his friend King Richard III. The Dukedom has carried with it the hereditary office of Earl Marshal of England. This means that the Duke is in charge of state ceremonial such as the coronation and funeral of the sovereign and such occasions as the sovereign declares shall be a state occasion, e.g. the investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors often ask about the relationship of the English sovereign to the Dukes of Norfolk: they share a common ancestor in King Edward I (1239-1307) and also King Edward III (1312-1377). As Earl Marshal, the Duke is head of the College of Arms, founded in 1484, the official authority on heraldry and genealogy in England and Wales.
Leonardslee is a large house with extensive gardens, near Beding is Sussex. Until recently, it has been open to the public. The estate has the most beautiful gardens, a small motor museum, and the most impressive dollshouse exhibition, depicting a town and country estate in the Victorian era.
Sadly, the Loder family have sold the estate, and it will close to the public at the end of June 2010. What will happen to the 'Beyond The Dollshouse' exhibition is anyone's guess. It would be a tragic shame if it wasn't put somewhere where it can be seen and enjoyed by the public, as it is believed to be the largest anywhere in the world.
WEALD & DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Situated at Singleton, near Chichester.
Set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake.
Rescued from destruction, the buildings have been carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form and bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years.