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RACTON FOLLY

A grand but much wrecked ruined 18th century folly, purpose unknown, commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Halifax. It is in a very poor state of repair and is favoured by ne'er do wells and ghost hunters.

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Location/Address: Monument Lane
off the B2147 near Racton Church (St Peter's)
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 9DT
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: The curiosity of Racton Folly
Tip/Nearby: Idsworth church, Stansted Park
Primary Management: Unknown
SOUTH DOWNS (The)

The gentle chalk downlands of Hampshire and Sussex along the south coast of England are close to some of the most populous parts of the country. It is a rich area of mixed farming, woodland, pretty villages, good pubs and walking without much altitude. The slopes will still test the muscles, though. It is also a grand place to meander on bike or by car and there is a multitude of attractions to visit.

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Location/Address: South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre
North Street
Midhurst
County: West Sussex
Post Code: GU29 9DH
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
St Giles', Horsted Keynes

St Giles' Horsted Keynes is one of the most picture-perfect Norman -medieval churches you will ever see. Its wealth is evident from the stonework. The church actually has Saxon origins - though it is also thought to be built on a pagan site, and possibly within a stone circle. Among its many interesting features is the tomb of the 'Little Crusader' in the chancel; what looks like the effigy of a child is that of a crusader knight and it is thought this marks the burial place of a crusader's heart, brought home from the Holy Land. Famous burials include Robert Leighton (1611-84), Bishop of Dunblane and Archbishop of Glasgow, who retired to the village. Also in the churchyard are Harold and Dorothy Macmillan. Macmillan (1894-1986), later Lord Stockton, was Prime Minister from 1957-63.

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Location/Address: Church Lane
Horsted Keynes
County: West Sussex
Post Code: RH17 7AY
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: Church website
Tip/Nearby: Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park
Primary Management: Church authorities
St Nicholas, Bramber

The tiny church of St Nicholas at Bramber was originally the chapel of Bramber Castle, built by William de Braose in 1073 and eventually becoming Bramber's parish church. It is reputedly the oldest Norman church in the county. It was originally cruciform, but the transepts have long gone. There is a lovely 11th century chancel arch with decorated capitals and several other medieval features, including a 13th century font.

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Location/Address: The Street
Bramber
County: West Sussex
Post Code: BN44 3WB
Main Historic Period: Norman
Useful Website Address: 3Bs parish churches' website
Tip/Nearby: Next door to Bramber Castle
Primary Management: Church authorities
STANDEN

A gem for lovers of the 'Arts & Crafts' movement, Standen was the family home of James and Margaret Beale and designed by Philip Webb. The rooms are furnished in 1920s/30s style and it is a tranquil place to wander round. Outside are extensive gardens, footpaths through woodland and great views over the Sussex countryside. Non-NT members might find the entry fee a little steep, though, unless they are particular fans of Arts & Crafts.

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Location/Address: West Hoathly Road
East Grinstead
County: West Sussex
Post Code: RH19 4NE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Wakehurst Place, Chartwell, Pooh Corner
Primary Management: National Trust
TANGMERE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM

A military museum located on a corner of the historic Tangmere RAF station, which was on the front line during the Battle of Britain. It also provided the forward take-off point for Lysander aircraft, based at RAF Tempsford in Bedfordshire, to refuel before landing agents in enemy-occupied Europe. The museum was opened by enthusiasts in 1982, owns a number of historic and replica aircraft and includes flight simulators and several permanent exhibitions.

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Location/Address: Tangmere
Nr Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO20 2ES
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Tangmere Aviation Museum's website
Tip/Nearby: Fishbourne Roman Palace, Weald and Downland Museum, Chichester Cathedral
Primary Management: Other
UPPARK

Perfect Jacobean/Georgian house set amongst the South Downs, where Emma Hamilton apparently once danced naked on the tables and HG Wells spent part of his childhood (his mother was housekeeper). The National Trust spent millions restoring Uppark after a disastrous fire in 1989. The gardens are a particular feature. If you think it looks like a doll's house, you may be pleased to know that there's an 18th century one inside.

You’ll find Uppark on the B2146, about 6 miles from Petersfield and just south of the village of South Harting.

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Location/Address: South Harting
Nr Petersfield
County: West Sussex
Post Code: GU31 5QR
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: R&R at Uppark
Tip/Nearby: The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Primary Management: National Trust
WEALD & DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM

"Rescued, relocated and restored" - is A Bit About Britain's description of this fascinating open air museum situated in 40 acres on the Sussex downs. The museum saves buildings that stand in the way of development, dismantles them and meticulously reassembles them on this site. There are about 50 buildings to see at the last count, many stripped back to their original state, furnished as they once would have been and in surroundings that reflect their age. Knowledgeable costumed staff demonstrate traditional trades and skills. Take a picnic.

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Location/Address: Town Lane
Singleton
Nr Chichester
County: West Sussex
Post Code: PO18 0EU
Main Historic Period: All
Link to featured article: Weald and Downland
Tip/Nearby: Take a picnic. Lots nearby - Chichester, Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Primary Management: Other
The Ridgeway near Wayland's Smithy

The Ridgeway is thought to be Britain’s oldest road, in use for at least 5,000 years. It is one of the trackways that used to run along the dry higher ground in ancient times. The Ridgway, in its modern trail form, covers 87 miles from Avebury, Wiltshire, to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. There are various prehistoric remains along its route. In its original form, it stretched from the Dorset coast to the Wash.

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Location/Address: Avebury, Wiltshire to Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
County: Various
Post Code: None
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Uffington's White Horse - etc
Useful Website Address: National Trail information
Primary Management: Other
HAMPTON COURT PALACE

The origins of Hampton court are medieval.  However, it is famously the palace created by Thomas Wolsey, cardinal, Lord Chancellor of England and friend of King Henry VIII.  The palace was 'acquired' by Henry and is often associated with him and Anne Boleyn.    It has been a royal palace ever since and was extensively remodelled by Sir Christopher Wren on behalf of William and Mary in the late 17th century.  Hampton Court is a highly popular visitor attraction which is also famous for its annual flower show.

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Location/Address: Hampton Court Road, East Molesey
County: Surrey
Post Code: KT8 9AU
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Historic Royal Palaces website
Tip/Nearby: Richmond Park
Primary Management: Historic Royal Palaces
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