Bramber Parish Council

Bramber Castle Car Park Closure

English Heritage have recently informed us that on 10th August the car park at the Castle will be closed for resurfacing.  The castle will remain open.

Land South of Kingsmead Close

We have recently been informed that, due to Covid-19, the appeal against the refusal of the planning application for the erection of 8 houses south of Kingsmead Close has been deferred.

The new date for the hearing has now been set as 16th August 2022 commencing at 10:00am.  Full details can be obtained by contacting the Parish Clerk in the normal way.

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St Hugh's Charterhouse, Cowfold


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Next Parish Council Meeting: 31st August

Latest News

Date Added:


4th August:

There's a new update on the closure of Maudlin Lane for cabling works here...

26th July:

News of recent scams, local crimes and incidents can be found on the Neighbourhood Watch page.

15th July:

WSCC will be surveying the A283 for Ash Dieback this summer.  Full details are here...

15th July:

Details of plaques for the 50th anniversary of the South Downs Way can be read here...

9th July:

More details of West Sussex County Council’s GetSafeOnline project can be found here...

27th June:

There's early warning of road works in The Street here... and in Castle Lane here...

14th June:

Details of summer grass cutting on the Downs Link are here...

1st June:

South Downs National Park are consulting on the future of Shoreham Cement Works.  Details here...

Bramber - A Snapshot


Bramber parish is a rural area in the lee of the South Downs, located inland from Shoreham-by-Sea and extending to some 1770 acres.  Much of the land is actively farmed and ranges from flood plain to upland on to the South Downs.  There is a natural boundary to the East in the river Adur which separates the village from Upper Beeding.  The southern side is wholly rural and joins farms in the parish of Coombes, elsewhere the boundaries mingle with Steyning.  Part of the parish falls within the newly created South Downs National Park.  The Parish Council works closely with the Parishes of Upper Beeding and Steyning in matters of mutual interest.


There are four identifiable residential areas: Bramber village, which is a single linear street (originally a causeway) and still contains listed buildings; Maudlyn Park, largely a post-war housing development accommodating the majority of the parish's population and the two picturesque hamlets of Annington and Botolphs.


Historically the area has been populated for well over a 1000 years.  It is recorded that the village developed along a trade route from Cornwall through to Kent and the Continent; had strong Saxon links and by 959 St Botolph's church had been built.  Bramber castle and the church followed in 1073.


The villages contain buildings of considerable historical interest such as the Saxon church at Botolphs, Bramber Castle, which is cared for by English Heritage, St Nicholas Church, the oldest Norman Church in the county, and the 15th century former pilgrims rest at St Mary’s House.  St. Mary's still attracts great interest and, through the efforts of the current owners and volunteers, the house and gardens have been restored to their former glory and numerous events are held throughout the year.


Whilst farming remains an important aspect of the local economy, there is also light industry in an industrial estate in Annington.  There are no shops in the village but there is a pub (the Castle Hotel), the 38 bedroom Old Tollgate Hotel and Indian and Chinese restaurants.  Tourism is still a major attraction to the area, which is criss-crossed by many footpaths and bridleways, including the Monarchs Way, the Downs Link and the South Downs Way.


Local interests are well catered for by the Parish Council and a social group called the Bramber Society.  It organises various activities which bring residents together - talks, village cleanups, celebrations, arranging floral decorations through the village and Christmas carols and decorations. The village also has links with several specialised interest groups.


Schools, health services and local shops are provided from the neighbouring villages of Steyning and Upper Beeding.


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Parish Boundary (click for larger image)

Bramber Parish Boundary

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Bramber Street Map