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St. Mary's Bramber: A Pictorial Souvenir

by Peter Thorogood


From the foreword: "When Adam and Eve gave names to all the places of the earth, they marked the beautiful downlands of Sussex for Paradise.  This charming fancy, as related by the author Hilaire Belloc, serves to show why so many artists and writers have chosen Sussex as the setting for their paintings and poetry.

How many dedicated recorders of 'local colour' there are, dotted about the English countryside on warm summer days, intent on capturing, in oils or watercolours, or in memorable prose and verse the treasured impressions of a lost time.  Such poets and painters, some of whose names became synonymous with Sussex ways and byways, have made their own special mark upon the scene, in their varied attempts to discover their own version of Paradise.

Bramber is one of the most painted and photographed of the downland villages, with its imposing Norman castle keep, its ancient cottages of flint and brick, and the magnificent timber-framed pilgrim inn of St. Mary's, a house of which the writer, Ashley Courtenay, once said that 'happiness dwells in every room'.  This enchanting house and its gardens are enjoyed today by countless visitors who seek something of that old-world charm that remains quintessentially English."


32 pp        ISBN 0 9526786 6 7    3.50

Bramber Press, St. Mary's House, Bramber, West Sussex, UK, BN44 3WE           last updated 17/11/2014