Storrington Balls Hut Turnpike Sign
Old wooden sign advertising the tolls which
were collected when they were payable by travellers
crossing Houghton Bridge. The wording covers
such unusual vehicles as berlins, chariots and landaus.
Rambling on the W Sussex Downs. A 5 minute walk from Amberly Station
From Amberley Station go left under the railway bridge to walk past the houses
of Houghton Bridge towards the structure which gives this crossing
point its name. you will find on the North Stoke Road the Houghton Bridge Turnpike House.
Or Storrington Balls Hut Turnpike.
I spent a wonderful day out with my daughter and my sisters
2 boys and their dog in the W.Sussex countryside.
We took the London train from Bognor Regis to Amberly, a 20 minute trip.
The West Sussex villages of Amberley, Houghton Bridge and North Stoke,
in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the South Downs,
flourish with pubs, B&B's and attractions, including the Amberley Wildbrooks
and Amberley Working Museum which was closed as we arrived late afternoon.
The area is popular for walking, birdwatching and other country pursuits.
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.