A medium length walk combining common land, woodland and the grounds of Parham house. This magnificent Elizabethan mansion is one of the great treasures of Sussex, recalling the days of weekend house parties, servants below stairs and gracious living - a way of life that has all but disappeared.
Distance 7.5 km
The wonderful setting, deer park and views of the South Downs enhance Parham's beauty and little has changed here since Tudor times. It was in 1540, at the Dissolution of the Abbey of Westminster, that Henry VIII granted the manor of Parham to Robert Palmer, a London mercer. Years later, in 1577, his great grandson, aged just two and a half, laid the foundation stone of the present larger house, which was built to incorporate the old one. The little boy's mother was a god-daughter of Queen Elizabeth I and it is believed the monarch dined here in 1593, on her way to Cowdray from Sutton Park in Surrey. The 875-acre (354ha) estate was sold in 1601 and then again in 1922 when it was purchased by the younger son of Viscount Cowdray. The new owners opened Parham to the public for the first time in 1948 - an unusual step in the lean, post-war years. The house has been open to the public ever since and is now owned by a charitable trust.
TQ 07806 16917
30U 677954 5646390
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