Amberley Castle is located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. This magnificent 900-year-old castle is enclosed by a 60 foot high curtain wall and portcullis that remains open.
History encompasses every part of this wonderful building and the many acres of gardens it stands in. Amberley Castle is completely enclosed by its old wall, and retains a portcullis that gets lowered at night.
You can climb the ramparts for stunning views!
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.
The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070. Under his will, King Henry I (1068-1135) settled the Castle and lands in dower on his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain. Three years after his death she married William d'Albini II, who built the stone shell keep on the motte. King Henry II (1133-89), who built much of the oldest part of the stone Castle, in 1155 confirmed William d'Albini II as Earl of Arundel, with the Honour and Castle of Arundel.
Set in spectacular surroundings and steeped in racing history. Located on the South Coast, with a thrilling and exciting atmosphere. Fontwell Park offers 24 exciting jump race meetings throughout the year and remains the only figure of eight jumps course in the UK.
Alfred Day came to The Hermitage, on the north side of the Chichester to Arundel road, in 1887 to train racehorses. While researching the history of the area, he found a reference on a 1630 map to “Fontwell”. This was the name of the spring in front of his house, the only watering-hole on this major south coast route, and which the Romans had originally called “Fons”. Passing monks are said to have added the “well” part of the name. Day brought the name Fontwell back into use.
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