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Arun Parish

Arundel History

Arundel Castle in West SussexThe town of Arundel has its origins as a Saxon village and by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it was a thriving market town with a population of several hundred. The castle was built in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery and, although originally constructed in wood, it was later rebuilt in stone. An annual fair began in 1285 which attracted people from a wide area, all helping to add to this already flourishing town. Arundel also grew into a busy port. Its location on the Arun river is only 5 miles from the sea and ships sailed to and from the town along the river.

During the civil war Arundel was the scene of several skirmishes and the castle changed hands three times. It was following the civil war that the castle lay in ruins until the end of the 18th century when the 15th Duke of Norfolk began a restoration scheme that was finally completed in 1900.street view showing black and white fronted house

As for the town, the 19th and 20th centuries saw a major growth in population. By 1901 it had grown to over 3,000 and the town really started to evolve. Gaslight was introduced in 1838, a nearby railway station in 1846 and,then, electricity in the 1930s. The catholic church built in 1873 was made a cathedral in 1965 and while the port of Arundel and, its annual fair have long ceased to trade, it remains a top tourist destination thanks to its charm and wealth of history 

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