Bramber is a quiet village located on the northern edge of the South Downs National
Park and on the west side of the River Adur. Right opposite BEST WESTERN PLUS Old
Tollgate Hotel lays the remains of the Norman motte-and-bailey style Bramber Castle
which was constructed by William De Braose around 1070. During Norman times the coastline
would have been much further inland and at high tide the sea would have reached the
walls of the castle. Along with the castle, a church dedicated to St Nicholas was
also built and still stands today. Originally built as the castle chapel, it is now
the parish church of Bramber. The church attracts many tourists and is the oldest
post-conquest Norman church in Sussex. Another popular Bramber attraction is St Mary’s
House and Gardens which is a late 15th century timber-framed house on a site associated
with the Knights Templar, which was a monastic hostel for pilgrims and for monks
who collected the tolls at Bramber bridge.
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