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Heritage & History

The Horsham District offers a rich collection of historic architecture and heritage, from magnificent churches and beautiful houses and gardens, to local museums, and a District Heritage Trail, making the District an area of exceptional interest and charm.

Churches and Chapels

The District boasts a rich display of fine church buildings covering 1,000 years of ecclesiastical heritage, creating distinctive landmarks in the landscape.

Horsham District Heritage Trail

If you are interested in local landmarks you may be interested in exploring our Horsham District Heritage Trail which features 32 special sites of historic interest which have been marked with a distinctive blue plaque. A leaflet with more details about each site is available from Horsham Museum and Visitor Information Centre.

Historic Houses & Gardens
Many of the District's historic houses are open to the public throughout the year. These include:

Parham House and Gardens, between Storrington and Pulborough, is a beautiful Elizabethan Manor House set in 11 acres of award winning gardens, including a deer park, and containing important collections of portraits and furniture. Simon Jenkins' book "England's Thousand Best Houses" lists Parham House in the top 20, alongside Windsor Castle, Chatsworth and Kensington Palace. It is often used as a film set and features a regular events programe throughout the summer. Telephone (01903) 744888.

Bramber Castle is the remains of an important Norman Castle, on a natural mound, affording excellent views of the River Adur Valley. Owned by English Heritage. Contact Customer Services on: (0207) 973 3000. The site has open access, with free admission.

St. Mary's House and Garden at Bramber is a magnificent Medieval house built around 1470 and illustrates the best example of late 15th century timber-framing in Sussex.  Telephone (01903) 816205.

Christ's Hospital, is a world famous public school founded in London by Edward VI in 1553 and relocated to Horsham in 1902. The history of the school is told in the school museum. Although still a working school, tours can be arranged to view the superb Edwardian architecture. Telephone (01403) 252547. The School's Art Centre also hosts a range of theatre, dance and other arts events. Telephone (01403) 252709.

Other buildings of historic interest include Amberley Castle Hotel, and South Lodge Hotel at Lower Beeding, now an award winnng hotel and restaurant.  You may also be interested in King's Mill, Shipley - a magnificent smock windmill built in 1879 by a firm of Horsham Millwrights. Popular author Hilaire Belloc, who lived next door, previously owned it. The windmill is now closed to the public but can still be viewed from the adjacent footpath.

For further information about places of interest and attractions in the Horsham District please contact Horsham Visitor Information Centre.

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