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Our History

Our History

Not only have the centuries of human habitation shaped the National Park but the landscape has and still does, dictate where people have chosen to live and work the land.

This is a landscape rich in folklore and legend that has inspired generations of writers, artists and storytellers who have flocked to witness the beauty of the rolling chalk downland and the wooded heaths of the National Park.

It’s been a place of worship for centuries, nurturing a spiritual and emotional connection in those who spend time here.

From Neolithic peoples, through to Roman occupation and beyond, it is a landscape steeped in the history of peoples who have called Britain their home.

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" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "