Steyning

Church Street in Steyning (c) Ian YarhamThe ancient town of Steyning has a colourful history. Today, it still retains some of the original features from bygone eras, with timber-framed buildings and historical structures. In fact, there are 125 listed buildings that can be found in the village. Church Street is one of the finest examples of the area’s past, with historic cottages and half- timbered houses dating from the 16th and 17th century.

Steyning Museum illustrates the history of the area, telling stories of the remaining Norman legacy and the original Tudor architecture. The smaller villages of Bramber and Upper Beeding are often grouped together with Steyning as part of the same community. A short walk away is the ruin of Bramber Castle, now cared for by the National Trust. Atmospherically lit up at night, its 75-foot wall stands tall above the surrounding trees.  

Clock Tower, Steyning, Sussex (c) Paul GillettFor such a small town, the facilities in Steyning are fantastic, with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, a school of 2500 students and a broad selection of shops. The town centre caters for all tastes with specialist shops, markets and the ‘mini mall’ of Cobblestone Walk. As well as these shops, there are many restaurants, tearooms and well- known pubs - The White Horse and The Chequer Inn are two that have survived from the 18th century. Every year, activities and festivals are organised and the streets fill with residents and tourists making the most of the local events. Craft Fairs and Farmer’s Markets are popular, along with annual festivals during the summer and at Christmas.

There are many circular walks starting from Steyning and exploring the nearby South Downs, with varying distances to suit all abilities. The routes pass through farmland, woodland and areas with stunning views across Sussex. Although there is no longer a railway link through Steyning, it can be easily accessed by bus or car, thanks to plenty of parking opportunities in the town centre.

 

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Clock Tower © Copyright Paul Gillett and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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