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L to R, Steyning, Bramber & Botolphes
Old Shoreham and New Shoreham
The history of the Adur valley and seven churches talk…
follows the Norman De Braose family from the first Lord of Bramber who fought with William Duke of Normandy in 1066, to his son, who fought with Richard the lion heart to the successor who became wealthy under King John’s patronage. Graphics illustrate their ancestry and battles in Normandy. John, who allegedly personally murdered his nephew and rival Arthur of Brittany, fell out with the then Lord Bramber, also called William de Braose. William and his wife fled from Bramber. She and their son were captured by King John, imprisoned and starved to death. A gruesome tale.The de Braoses were intricately involved with some of the churches illustrated in this talk. The evolution of church architecture from Norman to Early English is shown in these buildings.