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17/11/2008


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the downs link stage 5 ...

bramber - steyning - henfield

We are early to bed and early to rise, so it is no sacrifice for us to get up, out and about as day breaks, this way we get to see a lot of wildlife waking up too. Just as we set off on the stretch from Henfield a large fox ran out in front of our path, a real beauty. In the blink an eye it had disappeared into the undergrowth, so unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photo.



The Downs Link follows former railway lines, and just south of the station site in Henfield is a small housing estate aptly named 'Beechings', a reference to Dr Beeching who was the minister responsible for railway closures in 1966. The last passenger train left Steyning carrying a wreath on its buffers which read 'in loving memory of the faithful'.




The White Hart public house dates back to the 17th century, with low beams, candlelit spaces and an inglenook fireplace.



A picturesque red tile and brick building, T Miles and Son, blacksmiths.

Gold is for the mistress
silver for the maid
copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.

Good! said the Baron, sitting in his hall
but iron, cold iron
is master of them all - Rudyard Kipling


18 comments:

The Good Life in Virginia said...

enjoyed the post and the history...menu looks inviting at the white hart...have you tried?

pebbledash said...

Lovely post with a bit of history. What do you call early to bed and early up...just curious!!
Diana xx

Christy said...

What a picture perfect place! Just lovely xx

Paula said...

That must have been something to see that fox

Alchamillamolly said...

Hi Thanks for your comment - the kids bought me those boxes in Tesco's at least 6 years ago - they are full of buttons! So not particularly accessible where they are. I must post in the next few days - I didnt realise it was so long. We did look at B&B but with the petrol as well it was too much to go all the way for the Fair.

lou said...

Working outside as a gardener, I get too see lot's of wild life! I love it. xxx

Pat said...

Hi Louise,
I love old buildings such as that public house and blacksmiths. It's a shame when they are torn down to build modern structures.
I liked the menu at The White Hart too!

X0 Pat

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh Louise,
What an absolutely beautiful area!

I so wish I was a morning person, but after working 3pm-1am for near 20years, my body doesn't seem to want to adjust to new hours. LOL

Kimberly :)

Suzie Sews said...

lovely place...

Flighty said...

That's a lovely part of the country.An aunt of mine lived at Shoreham when I was young so I've been all round that area. xx

LizzieJane said...

Oh this makes me so homesick for England...so I have decided that I am coming to stay with you!!!
X

Deb said...

Wonderful post Louise. I loved seeing all your photos and reading the West Sussex history.

Glo said...

Picturesque is right ~ Lovely post ~

Gina said...

What a beautiful place to visit..love the blacksmith shop :D

funkymonkey said...

FAnatastic photos Louise, the pub looks especially inviting. I can imagine sitting inside with a glass of red wine in front of a real fire....I can dream.

acornmoon said...

Such a pretty place, very quaint.

I know foxes are not very popular with domestic bird keepers but I do love to see them. What a shame you did not mange to get a shot.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh so pretty and I love the stories that went with your wonderful photos!!

xo
Becky

lou said...

You have been tagged, don't worry if you have not got time, or you don't like doing them. xxx