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NEWS FEED: Cultural Heritage

Mysterious prehistoric farmers and missing Roman road revealed

July 12th, 2016

Decades of speculation on the route of a Roman road in southern England have ended but the research which confirmed its location has revealed the extent of prehistoric farming on the South Downs before the Romans arrived. The discoveries were made after airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) technology was used to map part of the South […]

National Mills Weekend

May 13th, 2016

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of British milling heritage. This year it’s on 14 and 15 May and it’s a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. Until the invention of the steam engine, wind and water were the only source of power and have […]

A to Z of South Downs to be captured in poetry

March 15th, 2016

The rich heritage of the South Downs National Park is to be celebrated in an alphabet of poems created by local communities, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This celebration of Sussex heritage and the establishment of the UK’s newest national park is inspired by the work of writer, Eleanor Farjeon, who wrote […]

On the eleventh day of South Downs Christmas…

December 23rd, 2015

For the eleventh day of our South Downs Christmas, we have a lovely festive song thanks to the South Downs Folk Singers. As you can see from the photo there are slightly more than eleven of them. Listen to them singing their pipes out on this rendition of Sweet Chiming Bells, recorded at their monthly meeting in […]

On the seventh day of Christmas….

December 18th, 2015

On the seventh day of Christmas the South Down National Park gave us… Swans-a-Swimming at Swanbourne Lake. Swanbourne Lake started off life as a Mill Pond which was recorded as far back as the Doomsday survey. In the late 18th century the pond was enlarged to form the lake which is fed mainly by the ‘Blue […]

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