All posts filed under: South East England

Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay
Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay

Brighton, the play ground of the Prince Regent, later George IV, has entertained sea-side visitors in style for more than 200 years.

The Royal connections in Brighton go back before the Prince Regent. Sussex Yatch Club organises the Royal Escape Race  from Brighton to Fecamp in Normandy. The race celebrates the escape to France of King Charles 11 in 1651. Today a bunch of hardy volunteers organises the race and raises funds for sailing charities such as […]

Reigate summer 2016 © Visit Surrey
Reigate summer 2016 © Visit Surrey

Reigate Heath Windmill church is possibly the only windmill that is a consecrated church in England.

For anyone with an interest in church buildings Reigate has plenty to offer. St Mary’s is another large parish church. It possibly dates from the C12th but the exterior appears Perpendicular, it also had some restoration in the C19th. An interesting point is that the Nave has no clerestory. There is a tower with embattled […]

Street Chertsey ©
Windsor Street Chertsey © Visit Surrey

Chertsey on the Thames had some of the finest medieval floor tiles in England.

Chertsey is a market town on the banks of the Thames which grew around a Benedictine Abbey founded in 666. The Vikings destroyed the Abbey in 871 killing the Abbott and 90 monks. King Edgar refounded the Abbey in 964 and some ruins, mostly the gardens, still remain. The Abbey fishponds remain and fill with […]

High Street © Guildford Borough Council
High Street © Gulidford Borough Council

Historic Guildford in the centre of Surrey has architecture from Saxon times through to the C20th. Enjoy a walk along the tow path by the River Wey, or take a boat trip from Dapdune Wharf.

The early town grew in importance because of its situation on the River Wey. It was a resting place for pilgrims on the medieval Pilgrims Way. Later the town was a coaching stop on the route from London to Portsmouth. The Angel Inn, a medieval timber-framed building on the High Street, remains a hotel to […]

The historic High Street with half-timbered buildings © East Grinstead Town Promotions
High Street © East Grinstead Town Promotions

The beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead has a magnificent historic High Street full of Medieval and Tudor timber-framed buildings

The beautiful medieval market town of East Grinstead is in reach of Gatwick Airport, London, Ashdown Forest and the South Coast. It is therefore an ideal base from which to explore the South East. The Bluebell Railway runs steam trains from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station. And, the return journey covers 20 miles of […]

Lower High Street Harpenden showing trees coming into leaf in spring with red tulips and spring flowers on the ground © Harpenden Town Council
Lower High Street © Harpenden Town Council

Harpenden the bustling town with a traditional English village feel.

Harpenden has 30,000 residents and a growing number of businesses, but still has a village feel. It has an unspoiled  tree-lined High Street, town greens, and period cottages. The Common with 96.39 hectares of open space that supports cricket, football and Golf clubs is a County Wildlife Site. Harpenden Shopping Centre The Town Centre offers […]

© Avant-EBC
© Avant-EBC

Eastbourne is a vibrant town with majestic buildings. Its breathtaking carpet flower bedding on the seafront is testimony to the value that the town places on its visitors.

Eastbourne was a large coastal community that lived on fishing and farming. In 1232 it was granted a market charter, but it remained a village. The town became more popular in the C18th as a health resort and the King’s family stayed here. However, transport was difficult on poor roads and travel was expensive. Once […]

People shopping on Rochester High Street © Visit Kent
Shopping in Rochester © Visit Kent

Rochester in Kent, is a historic town on the route between London and Dover, and home to one of England’s greatest novelists.

Rochester is a very old city, within the walls of a Roman town where Watling Street crosses the river Medway. Later Anglo Saxons built Rochester Bridge which has ten timber spans across the Medway; a great achievement. Named landowners were responsible for the upkeep of piers or spans. Rochester Castle The first castle dates from […]

Chichester Market Cross1 © Picklecat 2017
Chichester Market Cross © Picklecat 2017

Chichester in West Sussex is a busy market town with resident Peregrine Falcons nesting in the Cathedral. Be prepared, bring a shopping bag and a pair of birdwatcher’s binoculars!

Bishop Edward Storey gave the Market Cross to Chichester in 1501 to shelter the itinerant merchants. As he market grew, the town added more market buildings. The Buttermarket of 1807, built by John Nash, still survives with its six Doric columns and Coat of Arms. It leads now to an indoor market. West from the […]

Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council
Old Town High Street © Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage in Hertfordshire is a study in urban planning and design, and has several notable features and public art installations

Stevenage in Hertfordshire was once a quiet country town, but in 1946 it became Britain’s first New Town. These provided quality housing and community facilities in response to the post-war housing shortage. The new town of Stevenage was six self-contained residential areas arranged around the original town. Now called Stevenage Old Town, this original part […]