The Little Book of Sussex

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 192 pages
Author: D. Arscott
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780752458717
Other: sketches
Publisher: The History Press

Do you know ...
which Sussex town was to have been Hothampton? 
the extravagant Brighton Pavillion was just a humble farmhouse before the Prince Regent got his hands on it
that place named Dallington was originally Dealing tun, or the farmstead (tun) of a man named Della
that Sussex fishermen have some interesting superstitions like: never paint your boat green, and if they meet a nun on the way to their boat, they won't go fishing
that George Stubbs whose 'odd' painting of a kangaroo adorns Parham House, had never seen a living kangaroo. All he had to work on was a skin brought back by botanist Sir Joseph Banks in 1771 from his voyage on the Endeavour' with Captain Cook

The Little Book of Sussex is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of frivolous, fantastic or simply strange information which no-one will want to be without. Here we find out about the most unusual crimes and punishments, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters and literally hundreds of wacky facts (plus some authentically bizarre bits of historic trivia). There's even an 'on this day' section with amazing anecdotes.

A reference book and a quirky guide, David Arscott's book gathers together a myriad of data on Sussex. There are lots of factual chapters but also plenty of frivolous details which will amuse and surprise. With chapters on folklore, history, geography, celebrity Sussexians and much more, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county. A remarkably engaging little book, this is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.

1. Sussex by the Sea
2. 1066 & a Lot Besides
3. Crime & Punishment
4. Literary Sussex
5. Religious Sentiments
6. Brilliant Brighton
7. Natural History
8. Private Passions
9. Folklore & Old Customs
10. Food & Drink
11. This Working Life
12. On This Day in SussexA Final Jaunt Around the County

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