DR JANET PENNINGTON
Diploma: English Local HistoryMA: Regional HistoryPhD: Inn and Tavern History
I taught local history and palaeography for the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex for many years, and was archivist at Lancing College. I am a past chairman and council member of the West Sussex Archives Society, a life member of the Sussex Archaeological Society, and past president and council member of the Wealden Buildings Study Group. I was a guided walks leader for West Sussex County Council for many years, and a member of their Library and Archives Committee. I am a Friend of The Keep Archives, a member of the Sussex Family History Group and a former council member of the Sussex Record Society.
My MA dissertation is about the Elizabethan owner of Wiston House, near Steyning; my PhD on Sussex inns and taverns means that I have been in more pubs than most people, mainly for research purposes. (Thesis) – Hard copies of my thesis The Inns and Taverns of Western Sussex, 1550-1700 : a regional study of their architectural and social history can be found locally at Sussex Archaeological Society Library, Lewes; University of Chichester Library; University of Southampton Library; West Sussex Record Office, Chichester; Worthing Library, Local Studies Section.
Over the last thirty years I have published many articles in historical journals. Chanctonbury Ring: The Story of a Sussex Landmark (2011). This is a fairly recent publication, the research for which kept me very fit. It is available through Steyning Museum, some local bookshops and libraries.
I am an active member of the Wealden Buildings Study Group and an historian of the Wiston Estate. I undertake pub and house histories, and particularly enjoy applying documents to landscape and buildings. I give illustrated talks on Sussex history all round the county; I even venture into Surrey and Kent from time to time. Some of my talks are more general, such as those on travel, the history of the small shop, and the ritual protection of the home.
Please do not hesitate to contact Janet Pennington for further details on local history talks and walks.