- Last Updated: Friday, 20 November 2015 11:49
In late 2014, we announced that the Society would begin to photograph the buildings within the historic core of the town, creating a record that could be used in future years by researchers and those wishing to chart alterations to buildings.
Initially, with light conditions being very important, we were hindered due to overcast and wet days. The project eventually started in late June and has continued throughout the summer. We now have over 600 photographs showing individual buildings, groups of buildings and where possible, the rear of the buildings and specific architectural details.
The project will continue during the autumn and, if necessary, restart again in the spring. In the meantime, we are recording details of the property on each photograph.
The value of the project cannot be better illustrated than 32, Chapel Street, which during the past year has seen a dramatic transformation. Fortunately this building was photographed from the front elevation just before refurbishment commenced and another photograph was taken on the day it opened as Owen’s Cycles, with six flats above and a small retail unit in Bakery Lane.
Thursday 20th August 2015
Our guide, Tim Pullen, brightened a dull and damp August day with a fascinating morning tour of the Boxgrove Priory and the Church of St Mary and St Blaise. Founded in 1105 by Benedictine monks, Boxgrove initially consisted of the usual monastic buildings, but continued to be enlarged and enhanced through to the 16th century. By the end of the 12th century, a parish church had been added, separated by a screen from the monastic church. In circa 1300 a separate guest house was constructed, the ruins of which are seen today, under the care of English Heritage.
Wednesday 22 July 2015
For the sixth year, blue badge guide Chris Maxse continued his tours of towns and churches of Sussex with a visit to Arundel and Amberley. Commencing on the banks of the River Arun, we meandered upward through the streets of Arundel viewing the predominantly Georgian and Victorian architecture before arriving at the Catholic Cathedral Church of Our Lady & St Philip Howard at the highest point of the town.
Following the revival of catholicism in 1850, it was built originally as a parish church in 1873 by the fifteenth Duke of Norfolk to the design of J A Hansom & Son in the French Gothic style. It became a cathedral in 1965.
Thursday 25 June 2015
On a delightful summer’s evening, PAHS members met up with our guides, Doug Jones and Bob Wright.
Starting beside the pond, Doug explained its importance as a water source and its probable reason for the early settlement of the village. Archaeological evidence shows activity nearby from the Bronze Age and Roman times but it was first recorded by the Normans in the Domesday Book as part of the Manor of Mapledurham.