South Downs Book Series

The Society, in collaboration with the South Downs National Park Authority, is publishing a series of books looking at many aspects of the South Downs National Park.

December 2016Traditional Homes of the South Downs National Park
We are delighted to announce that the next in our South Downs book series, Traditional Homes of the South Downs National Park by Annabelle Hughes, is now available to buy from the shops at our properties, some local book shops and online at £9.50 (+ £2.80 p&p where applicable).

An amazing collection of traditionally-built homes, ranging in age from 250 to over 700 years old, can be found within the bounds of the South Downs National Park. This guide aims to provide the tools for any visitor to become their own ‘House Detective’, through understanding how these buildings were constructed, how they have altered over the centuries, how earlier owners might have used them, and by looking at the differences between town and countryside. By appreciating the stories of such buildings you can help make sure they will still be there for future generations to wonder at.

Annabelle Hughes has lived in Horsham since 1970, and has nearly thirty years’ experience of investigating, analysing and making written records of buildings, mostly in West Sussex. In 1980 she joined the Wealden Buildings Study Group, and then embarked on the long road that led to her doctorate (1989) on timber-framed buildings in their historical setting.

The fifth book in the series, Churches of the South Downs National Park,by David Parsons and Robin Milner-Gulland, is expected to be out very soon, so check back here for updates.

Buy all three titles below for just £25.00 + £2.80 p&p!

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The initial series of three books is completed by The Geology and Scenery of the South Downs National Park, by David Robinson, which provides an introduction to the origin and characteristics of the rocks that underlie the Park.  It describes how the scenic features of different parts of the Park are related to the geological history of the region and to the processes of weathering and erosion that have acted on the rocks in the past, and those which continue to modify the landscape today.  David Robinson is a Reader in Physical Geography at the University of Sussex and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

The book costs £8.99 + £1.60 p&p.  It is available to buy from the shops at our properties and from many local bookshops, or you can buy it online.

The Natural History of the South Downs

June 2013
We are delighted to announce the release of the second book in the series, The Natural History of the South Downs National Park by Robin Crane and Rendel Williams. The book explores the animals, plants and habitat of the South Downs with more than 150 stunning photographs. It was written with the object of enriching people’s knowledge of the wildlife and countryside of the Park, not simply by highlighting some special plants and animals, but by giving readers a greater understanding of the evolution of the wild places, the history of nature conservation and the management of habitats and species.  The authors both have close links with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and Robin Crane has produced films for the BBC Natural History Unit.

The book costs £11.99 + £2.80 p&p. It is available to buy from the shops at our properties and from many local bookshops, or you can buy it online.

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September 2012
The first in the South Downs Series is entitled The Archaeology of the South Downs National Park.  The author is John Manley, formerly Chief Executive of Sussex Archaeological Society, and in this book his aim is to provide a thematic introduction to the accessible monuments of past communities within the area now defined by the National Park.  It highlights sites where people lived, hunted and farmed, and where they occasionally met together in large numbers.  It describes sites where they defended themselves, where they prayed and where they buried their dead. It includes many photographs taken specifically to illustrate the text.

The book costs £8.99 + £1.60 p&p.  It is available to buy from the shops at our properties and from many local bookshops, or you can buy it online.