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Chanctonbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring is an Iron Age hillfort, constructed c6-400BC, though actually in use since Neolithic times. It was probably not a fort, nor ever occupied, but more likely a religious site or, possibly, animal enclosure. 2 Romano-British temples have been found on the hill (they are not visible). In 1760, Charles Goring of nearby Wiston House planted a ring of beech trees around the hill; these, or their descendents, are still there. The hill was used by the army during WW2. There are several other prehistoric sites nearby. Chanctonbury also has a number of legends associated with it - most notably variations of the story that the Devil appears if running seven times anti-clockwise (or backwards) round the hill, alleged links with witchcraft (young ladies sleeping out on the hill are more likely to conceive), UFOs as well as suggestions that the hill is haunted and claims that spending the night on it is an unpleasant experience.  Nonetheless, there are great views from the top.

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Location/Address: Chanctonbury Ring Rd
Steyning
County: West Sussex
Post Code: BN44 3DR
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Tip/Nearby: Cissbury Ring
Primary Management: National Park
CHARTWELL

The home that Winston Churchill loved - and you can see why. The house gives a real feeling of the man, the gardens are delightful and the views terrific. There is also a huge collection of Churchill's paintings.

NB Entrance to the house is by timed ticket - it gets busy.

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Location/Address: Mapleton Road
Westerham
County: Kent
Post Code: TN16 1PS
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Churchill's Chartwell
Tip/Nearby: Quebec House, Knole, Toys Hill
Primary Management: National Trust
CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL

The roots of Chichester Cathedral lie in its now vanished predecessor at Church Norton, ten miles away on Selsey Bill, which is said to have been founded by St Wilfred in 681AD. The see was transferred to Chichester, once an important Roman town, in 1075. A new cathedral was built and consecrated in 1108. From the late 13th century it became a centre of pilgrimage as the site of the shrine of St Richard of Chichester, who was bishop from 1245 to 1253. His shrine, along with much else, was destroyed during the Reformation in 1538 and the Cathedral suffered damage again, at the hands of Parliamentary forces in 1642, during the Civil War. The Cathedral was considerably restored in the Victorian period. Its many treasures include its soaring spire, unique free-standing medieval bell-tower, rare 12th century sculptures and notable modern artwork items, including a window by Marc Chagall. Burials include the composer Gustav Holst and the 13th century 10th Earl of Arundel, Richard FitzAlan and his wife, Eleanor of Lancaster; their effigies are holding hands.

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Location/Address: West Street, Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO19 1RP
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Chichester Cathedral website
Tip/Nearby: Fishbourne Roman Palace, Weald and Downland Museum, Bosham
Primary Management: Church authorities
CHIDING STONE

Block of smooth sandstone which allegedly (but probably not) gives the village of Chiddingstone its name and which has a mysterious past. One story is that it was used as a place of judgement in ancient times - hence 'chiding stone'. The village is a peach - most of the buildings are owned by the National Trust and are over 200 years old.

Chiddingstone is located on a minor road between Edenbridge and Tonbridge; the River Eden flows just to the north.

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Location/Address: Chiddingstone
Nr Edenbridge
County: Kent
Post Code: TN8 7AH
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Chiddingstone's Chiding Stone
Tip/Nearby: Chiddingstone Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle
Primary Management: National Trust
CS LEWIS Nature Reserve

Small community nature reserve, formed from part of the garden once owned by author and academic Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963). It is said the woods and pond helped inspire his books that featured the imaginary land of Narnia. The nature reserve is adjacent to Lewis' home for more than 30 years, The Kilns.

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Location/Address: 5 Lewis Close
Risinghurst
Oxford
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX3 8JD
Tip/Nearby: The Kilns
Primary Management: Other
D-DAY MUSEUM

Britain's only museum dedicated to Operation Overlord, the invasion of France on 6 June 1944. Covers all aspects of D-Day, including equipment, displays and eye witness accounts. Also includes the Overlord Embroidery, which tells the story of D-Day rather like the Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Invasion of 1066.

NB The museum is currently closed for a major refurbishment and is due to re-open in the Spring of 2018.

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Location/Address: Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO5 3NT
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Southsea Castle, Historic Dockyard, including Mary Rose and HMS Victory
Primary Management: Local Authority
DOVER CASTLE

Often described as 'The Key to England', Dover Castle is the largest castle in England and dates from 11th century, though there was probably an Iron Age fort on the site and the complex includes a Roman lighthouse and Saxon church. The fortress was garrisoned until 1958 and offers a unique insight into Britain's history. A medieval court has been recreated inside the Great Tower. Underneath the castle, deep inside the famous White Cliff, are tunnels which date from medieval times. During WW2, these were the HQ for the control of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk, and there are vivid displays illustrating this. There is an underground hospital to visit too, and a WW1 signal station. Dover Castle has appeared in several film/TV productions, including 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and 'Wolf Hall'.

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Location/Address: Castle Hill Road
Dover
County: Kent
Post Code: CT16 1HU
Main Historic Period: All
Tip/Nearby: Deal Castle, South Foreland Lighthouse
Primary Management: English Heritage
EAGLE and CHILD, Oxford

Popular 17th century pub known for its associations with regulars , the writers RR Tolkien and CS Lewis. The pub is also known as 'the bird and baby'. It is owned by St John's College, but leased out.

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Location/Address: 49 St Giles
Oxford
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX1 3LU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint
Useful Website Address: Entry on CAMRA's website
Tip/Nearby: Oxford City Centre and colleges. Lamb & Flag is opposite.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
EXBURY GARDENS

Exbury Gardens were the creation of wealthy Victorian banker, Lionel Rothschild. There are 200 acres to explore, along the bank of the Beaulieu river in the New Forest. Exbury is famous for its rare trees and, in the spring, its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. There is also a 12.25 inch gauge railway to ride on, if you're so inclined.

You will find Exbury on a minor road south of the B3054 between Hythe and Beaulieu.

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Location/Address: Exbury
Southampton
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO45 1AZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Blooms and a mystery at Exbury Gardens
Useful Website Address: Exbury's website
Tip/Nearby: Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
FISHBOURNE ROMAN PALACE

The excavation of Fishbourne Roman Palace by Barry Cunliffe in the 1960s caused a sensation. It is the largest Roman residence north of the Alps, with the largest collection of in situ mosaics in the UK and the earliest garden discovered so far anywhere in the country. The palace dates from the 1st century AD and underwent various alterations in its time until it burnt down in c270AD. The first occupant was possibly Togidubnus, a local British pro-Roman tribal chieftain.

Managed by the Sussex Archaeological Society.

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Location/Address: Roman Way
Fishbourne
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO19 3QR
Main Historic Period: Roman
Tip/Nearby: Chichester, Weald and Downland Museum
Primary Management: Other
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