DISCOVER THE PAST with DR JANET PENNINGTON
Diploma: English Local History
MA: Regional History
PhD: Inn and Tavern History
- I give illustrated talks about Sussex history and more general talks covering the south-east of England.
- I travel anywhere in West and East Sussex and to the Dorking and Haslemere areas of Surrey.
- I am happy to do talks at short notice.
Illustrated Talks Available for 2019-2020
1. CHANCTONBURY RING: The Story of a Sussex Landmark
2. WISTON HOUSE, SUSSEX & Sir THOMAS SHERLEY (c.1542 – 1612)
3. THE WOMEN OF WISTON HOUSE, SUSSEX
4. THE WISTON ESTATE: A Thousand Years of History
5. AN ILLUSTRATED WALK AROUND OLD STEYNING: A Sussex Market Town and its History
6. STEYNING SCANDALS: The Secrets of a Sussex Market Town, 1547-1947
7. THE PUBS & BREWERIES OF STEYNING
8. A HISTORY OF THE ADUR VALLEY IN WEST SUSSEX
9. LANCING COLLEGE, SUSSEX, AND ITS LOCAL HISTORY
10. SUSSEX INN SIGNS AND THEIR HISTORY
11. ENGLISH INN SIGNS: Their Local and Regional Significance
12. CAKES & ALE: ‘A FULL ENGLISH’IN YOUR LOCAL 17thC LOCAL ?
13. TRAVEL IN THE PAST: The Problems and Pleasures of the Journey
14. SIDESADDLE TRAVELS IN ENGLAND WITH CELIA FIENNES (1690s)
15. SHOPS AND SHOPPING: The Small Shop Through the Ages
16. WITCHES, WARLOCKS AND WELLINGTONS: The Ritual Protection of the Home
17. ON YOUR FEET: Boots and Shoes in History
18. AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL CHILDHOOD IN SUSSEX
19. SUSSEX CHAIRS AND THE WILLIAM MORRIS CONNECTION
20. WALTER GIBRALTAR: from Sussex to the Bishop’s Palace, Malta
I have a digital projector, laptop, remote control/laser pointer and long extension lead (PAT tested), also a portable screen if required.
I often lead walks around the old market town of Steyning in West Sussex, revealing much of its history, scandalous or otherwise. I usually do these in spring and summer, and advertise them in the local papers and Your Steyning, as well as on this website. Otherwise I am happy to organise a walk with a society or group individually – so do contact me for details.
I am sometimes able to arrange a tour of Wiston House, the beautiful manor house nestling under the South Downs, built by Sir Thomas Sherley in the 1570s after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.
You will hear about the history of the house and how Sir Thomas made his money. As a Member of Parliament and a Justice of the Peace, he did not, sadly, apply the laws of the land to himself. There are modern echoes in his story, which is set against the Dutch rebellion against the Spanish.
A compulsory cream tea is part of this afternoon, which will not be forgotten in a hurry – neither the tea nor Sir Thomas! A visit to St Mary’s Church is also part of the tour, and the views from the gardens and terrace to the south of the House are wonderful.
I was born in the county of Sussex. I am an independent researcher with a degree in the architectural and social history of early-modern Sussex inns and taverns (Thesis). I was the archivist at Lancing College, and also taught local history and palaeography for the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex. (Read more)