Released: April 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Sussex has a rich haunted heritage. From creepy castles and historic houses to the towns and villages of the county, the churches and the counties coast, this 80 page publication is packed full of spine-tingling
The ancient land of the South Saxons, now called Sussex, is one of the most beautiful and culturally vibrant in southern England. Its spectacular coastline and sunny weather made Sussex one of the first counties to promote and exploit the 18th-century fad for sea-bathing which began the British love for the seaside. The county’s rolling countryside and pretty villages have attracted tourists for centuries and it became a rural second home for the Bloomsbury Group among others. A major portion of Britain’s newest National Park, the South Downs, is contained within Sussex.
Sussex is rich in history. Here was fought the most decisive conflict in British history: the Battle of Hastings, which ushered in the Norman age. Battle Abbey, founded to commemorate William the Conqueror’s triumph, is just one of the very many important and impressive historical sites to be found in Sussex. The county is especially blessed with castles, some of the best preserved and most beautiful to be found anywhere. Then there are the elegant houses of the Regency period which remind us of the coastal towns’ popularity with the aristocracy of two centuries ago.
In addition, Sussex has a rich haunted heritage. Ghosts of those who have lived throughout its long history are said to still be seen, from Saxon warriors, through medieval monks, nuns and knights, Elizabethans and Cavaliers, Regency and Victorian ladies and gents, to even a few in modern dress.
Many haunt castles, abbeys or grand houses well worth visiting. Others can be found in the charming villages or out in its glorious countryside. Of course, today one should not really talk about Sussex as a separate entity. There are two modern counties, East Sussex and West Sussex, between which is sandwiched the unitary authority of Brighton & Hove. However, for the purposes of this book I have embraced the historical, unified county, from which the Sussex spooks themselves date. I hope you enjoy this ramble through one of the most haunted regions in England.