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Thursday, 6 June 2019

Arundel & Antiques


and Antiques at

The Old Swallow Brewery



Castle on one hill, boasting 1000 years of history.

Cathedral standing majestically on another.

Commissioned in 1868.
Designed by the architect James Hansom who also invented the Hansom cab.

A river running through.

The river Arun.
One of the fastest running rivers in the UK.

In the early 19th century Arundel was still a bustling port.

Buildings in the town date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century.

There are still two late medieval buildings in Arundel High Street.

Houses in King Street were built by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

 There's a theatre.
Small and intimate.
Home of the Arundel Players.

Ghost, old town and riverside tours.

You can listen to jazz in an eerie 1836 jailhouse
 where prisoners were kept before, well, you know.

 You can hire it for private parties or corporate events.

drummers Westie to the left

At the Town Hall, you can get married,
 have a party or watch the latest film.

(Not all at the same time of course)

Sip a glass of wine or cup of tea in the interval while they change the reel.

The scenery is so beautiful it will take your breath away.

Restaurants,  pubs and sandwich shops are around every corner.

you won't go hungry...

or thirsty.....

The Kings Arms is the oldest pub in town.

Then there is the Wildfowl Trust, Swanbourne Lake,
individual quirky gift shops, antique shops, and centres, art galleries,
that's without even mentioning
 the ten-day gallery trail, ( now in its 30th year)

 and the Arundel Festival.

And no, I don't work for the Arundel Tourist Board.

And yes, it has its problems and irritations,
 like all towns.

But there's something special about Arundel.

Nass and I live
 in a small Victorian cottage by the river,
with our spaniel, Elsa.

Who nearly didn't make her 1st birthday last September.

A grass seed went into her leg and migrated to her spine.

It was a scary few months.

So every daily walk over the Arundel hills
 or beside the river is a double joy.

Our road is friendly.

The odd minor verbal spat, but they are
 few and far between.

a street where neighbours are more
 likely to share a bottle of Prosecco and a summer barbecue
 than borrow a pint of milk.

And they are the first to
 rally round if anyone's in trouble.

We've been in Arundel over 30 years.

Our antiques warehouse/showroom is the other end of the same street.

In the last remaining buildings of the
18th century
 Swallow Brewery.

"The Swallow Brewery existed long before GS Constable
 with trade directory entries for the brewery dating back to 1783- the year of the French Revolution"

The Old Brewery Warehouses

They are not easy to find.

if  you are interested in English and French
 decorative interiors and something a bit different,
 it's worth persevering.

Just two minutes from Arundel High Street,
(well, only one if you walk fast.)

Come down from the High Street to the river,
cross the bridge, keeping to the right.

Next to William Hill, you'll see an alley, (or twitten as we say down south.)

Walk to the end and turn left.

Then take a sharp left.

Don't be put off by Co-op vans delivering.

Or the fact the back of the shops
 looks a little scruffy.


It's not the most salubrious part of town.

But trust me, you'll be glad you bothered, especially if you are trade.