A few unknown things near Arundel
Nearby Burpham contains huge man-made fortifications against the Vikings, known as Jacob's Ladder.
The bluebell woods on the Angmering Estate are stunning in April.
Mervyn Peake is buried in Burpham churchyard- Arundel castle may have been the model for Ghormenghast, as he often said that he and his children made up the names for the characters as they walked along the Downs.
Burpham has a hidden twin village, Barpham, destroyed during the plague. Burphanm is also the home of one of the earliest movie-makers, Tickner Edwardes.
Clapham is the manorial home of the Shelley family, (as in Percy Bysshe Shelley) and the church contains interesting brasses of the family. It has also been a hotspot for UFO activities, and the site of many unexplained incidents and several disappearances. See the Fortean Times.
Arundel Cathedral was commissioned by the 15th Duke of Norfolk forty years after the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 in which Roman Catholic parishes became legal again in England. French Gothic in style, it is reflective of the ecclesiastic architecture of the 14th century, the period when the Howard family rose to prominence.
Originally dedicated to Our Lady and St Philip Neri (16th century Italian priest), this was changed in 1971 to the Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard.
Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel (and who would have become the 5th Duke of Norfolk), cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, died in the Tower of London in 1595, accused of treason against the protestant queen. Refusing to renounce his faith, he died alone in the Tower and was immediately proclaimed a Catholic Martyr. He was canonised in 1970, his relics buried in the cathedral.
Standing proudly overlooking the town, it is the seat of the Bishop of Brighton and Arundel.
A small market town (population of about 3,500) built on the River Arun just a few miles inland from the sea, the genteel Arundel is the seat of the Duke of Norfolk and the catholic Bishop of Arundel/Brighton.
The main attraction is the stunning Arundel Castle, principle residence of the Duke of Norfolk: the Howards being one of the most powerful catholic families in England, a position they have held for many centuries. The family came into possession of Arundel in the 16th century, but by then it already had a 500 year chequered history, having originally been built in 1068 by William the Conqueror.
But Arundel is not just about the castle. The stunning 19th century cathedral, commissioned by the 15th Duke of Norfolk 40 years after the legalisation of Roman Catholic dioceses in England, sits overlooking the town. And below, the narrow streets clambering the steep hill away from the River Arun, is a gamut of history reflecting its medieval footprint. A large part of the town around the castle and cathedral is a designated Conservation Area.
The Arundel Food Festival takes placed every October. The annual cricket game between an invitation XI and the previous year's county champions is the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season at one of the most picturesque grounds in the country (the castle as a stunning backdrop).
And just 90 minutes from London Victoria, linked by train to Chichester (10 miles) and Brighton (30 miles), bus links to the nearby coastal towns of Littlehampton (3 miles) and Worthing (10 miles) as well as being on the A27 coastal road, Arundel is very easily reached.