SU9607 : Subs Bench, Slindon Sports Ground

taken 9 years ago, near to Slindon, West Sussex, Great Britain

Subs Bench, Slindon Sports Ground
Subs Bench, Slindon Sports Ground
About the only place to sit at this football pitch. The recreation ground is located on a former part of Slindon Common that was inclosed in the 1870s and is home to the village's cricket, handball and football clubs. The trees behind mark the course of the A29.
Known as the most Sussex of Sussex villages it nestles at the foot of the South Down near to the border with the coastal plain. It has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times when the coast reached nearby Slindon Woods. The Romans cultivated the area and built a villa located in Slindon Park whilst Stane Street runs through the northern tip of the parish. Slindon estate was first mentioned in a Saxon charter of 686 when it was given to the Archbishop of Canterbury who maintained a medieval palace on the site of Slindon House with an attached deer park. At the Reformation the palace passed onto the crown who eventually passed it on to the Kempe family during the reign of Mary who retained possession until bankruptcy in the first decade of the 20th century whereby it passed onto Queen Victoria's dressmaker. He eventually bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1947 who still own much of it today. The parish starts at Slindon Common to the south and stretches north towards Glatting Beacon and Bignor Hill with much remote downland lying north of the village which provided much inspiration for author Hilaire Belloc who grew up in the village. Slindon is also famous for its cricket club who for a few years in the mid 18th century were deemed to be one of the best teams in England, however, the death of its patron, the Duke of Richmond in 1749, spelt the end of its dominance though the club still survives today.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 31 October, 2010
Sports ground   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 966 075 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.5691N 0:37.6890W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 966 075
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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