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Arundel: Sussex towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 11:03 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 27 June 2013

Arundel

Arundel

Nick Hawkes

People born in Arundel are known locally as mullets, due to the presence of mullet in the River Arun

Norman land

Arundel Castle was built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, in order to protect a vulnerable point in the valley of the South Downs. The town grew up around the castle, mainly on the slope below it, to the south. The river Arun, which runs through Arundel, used to be called the Tarrant, but was re-named after the town.

A motte point

The motte that surrounds Arundel Castle is its oldest feature, built in 1068. It is an artificial mound, standing at over 100ft above the dry moat. The gatehouse was then constructed in 1070. The motte’s stone-shell keep was built by William d’Albini II, who was made Earl of Arundel in 1155 by Henry II, with the Honour and Castle of Arundel.

Woggles at the ready

1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s Own) Scout Group, was formed in 1908, and is one of the oldest scout groups in the world. The group was put together only a few weeks after scouting began. There are now beaver scouts, cub scouts and scouts based in the town.

Losing your marbles

People born in Arundel are known locally as mullets, due to the presence of mullet in the River Arun. The Arundel Mullets was later the name of a local marbles team – formed in 1948, they played matches at Tinsley Green each Good Friday until 1955. They would practice at the Norfolk Arms every Sunday

Go

Amberley Working Museum

Traditional crafts people and fantastic interactive displays, based on the industrial heritage of the area

01798 831370, www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Eat

The Town House

A charming Regency building overlooking the castle, serving food that is second-to-none

01903 883847, www.thetownhouse.co.uk

Drink

The Spur

A family-owned pub, with a huge range of beers and a super garden

01243 814216, thespurslindon.co.uk

Sleep

Arundel House

A listed Georgian house close to the quay, with warm interiors, great food and a relaxed atmosphere

01903 882136, www.arundelhousearundel.co.uk

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Notable neighbours: Broadcasters Simon Mayo and Paul Ross live nearby

Getting there : Arundel is near the A27 and has its own railway station

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