A WALK AROUND OLD STEYNING:
A Sussex Market Town and its History
This is a chance to browse the streets, lanes and twittens of a small country town with a history that goes back well over a thousand years. This walk leads you through Steyning’s fascinating history – beginning with the town’s foundation legend of St Cuthman and his wheelbarrow, moving on to the beautiful Norman church, the story of the Grammar School and its beginnings as a cloth hall. We take in the burning of a Protestant martyr in the reign of ‘Bloody’ Queen Mary, the smelly former tanyard, the marriage of Charles Parnell to Kitty O’Shea at the town’s registry office in 1891, and hear about the many artists and writers who enjoyed coming to the town once the railway arrived in 1861.
This is a slow ramble round the town, with numerous stops for looking and listening. There are then at least six lovely coffee/tea shops in the High Street, and four pubs to choose from for suitable refreshment at the end of your walk – which can be arranged in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
This walk can also be done as a TALK