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A Visit to Arundel Castle

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11:00 – 16:00 30 Aug 2018
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Arundel Castle - meet in the Castle Cafe, Arundel, West Sussex, United Kingdom, BN18 9AB

This visit has been organised by Tony Colclough

We visit Arundel Castle and its splendid gardens . There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.

Arundel Castle

History: The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068 to be followed by the gatehouse in 1070. Under his will, King Henry I (1068-1135) settled the Castle and lands in dower on his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain.

Apart from occasional reversion to the Crown, Arundel Castle has descended directly from 1138 to the present day, carried by female heiresses from the d'Albinis to the Fitzalans in the 13th century and then from the Fitzalans to the Howards in the 16th century and it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over 850 years. From the 15th to the 17th centuries the Howards were at the forefront of English history, from the Wars of the Roses, through the Tudor period to the Civil War. Among the famous members of the Howard family are the 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443-1524), the victor of Flodden, Lord Howard of Effingham, who with Sir Francis Drake repelled the Armada in 1588, the Earl of Surrey, the Tudor poet and courtier, and the 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554), uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, both of whom became wives of King Henry VIII (1491-1547).

The Gardens

These were politically dangerous times: the 'Poet' Earl was executed in 1547; his father, the 3rd Duke of Norfolk only escaped the death penalty because King Henry VIII died the night before the execution was due and the 4th Duke (1536-72) was beheaded for plotting to marry Mary Queen of Scots. There have been two cardinals and a saint in the Howard family; St Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel (1557-95) died in the Tower of London for his faith. By contrast, his son, the 'Collector' 14th Earl (1585-1646), as his nickname suggests, was responsible for many of the treasures which can be seen today. The results of all this history are concentrated at the Castle, which houses a fascinating collection of fine furniture dating from the 16th century, tapestries, clocks, and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Mytens, Lawrence, Reynolds, Canaletto and others. Personal possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots and a selection of historical, religious and heraldic items from the Duke of Norfolk's collection are also on display. During the Civil War (1642-45), the Castle was badly damaged when it was twice besieged, first by Royalists who took control, then by Cromwell's Parliamentarian force led by William Waller.

Where and when to meet:  Enter the Castle through the main gate in Mill Road opposite the Car Park. They will have a list of those booked and your ticket(s) will have been paid for - so don't pay again. Identify yourselves as members of the IOP group and state your name(s).We assemble in the Castle Cafe from 11:00 for an 11:30 start. To get to the Castle Cafe, walk ahead up the hill from the gate and enter the castle through Duke Henry's Entrance at Lower Ground (LG) level. Take the stairs or the lift to the Ground level where you will find the Cafe, the Restaurant, the Shop and the door in to the Castle rooms.

Getting there  By Car The address is :Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB. But you are advised to set your SatNav for BN18 9PA and to park in the pay-and-display Mill Road Car Park just opposite the Castle gate. You might be wise to have about £5 or £6 in coins with you to pay. From London it takes roughly 1 ½ hr via the A3 & A283 or the A24 and A27. By Train Trains to Bognor Regis from Clapham Junction stop at Arundel. It is about 20 min walk to the Castle from the Station, but you can also take a bus or a taxi to the Castle's main entrance in Mill Road.

Lunch: We shall eat at The Red Lion at 45, High St. Arundel, a short walk from the Castle gate.  Assemble back at the main gate at 13:00 to walk to the Red Lion. Turn right from the gate, then turn right up the High St for a short while, The Red Lion is on the left. When you leave the Castle, please ask to have your wrist stamped at the gate so that you can re-enter after lunch without paying again.

Red Lion

Timetable (approximate times)

11:00                           Assemble in the Castle Coffee shop

11:30                           Tour the Castle and/or gardens

13:00                           Assemble at the main gate to walk to lunch - get your wrist stamped to get

                                     free re-entry after lunch

13:15   - 15:15           Lunch at The Red Lion

15:30                           Tour Castle and/or gardens

16:00                           Refreshments in Coffee shope and depart.


Size of party: 20 max

Cost: £20.00 ea.  covering a Gold ticket for  Castle entry giving access to the main castle rooms,  the Castle keep, the Fitzalan Chapel, the Collector Earl’s Garden and  the  gardens and Grounds. Participants pay for food and travel.

Contacts: Organiser, Tony Colclough, can be contacted by mobile on the day (07930 171307) and, beforehand, on tonycolclough@tiscali.co.uk . Late arrivals Just go to the Castle Entrace and explain that you are part of the IOP party. We should be easy to find.


PAYMENT You can pay either by cheque or by bank transfer.  It is possible to pay for several places on one transaction.

Cheque:  make your cheque payable to The Institute of Physics (not IOP) and send them  to:

Tony Colclough (REMS)

34 Sugden Road

Thames Ditton

Surrey KT7 0AE

*** Please annotate the rears of your cheques with:  REMS, Event title, event date.

e.g. REMS, Arundel Castle, 30/08/2018

If you are paying for several events with one cheque, please write them all on the back.


Bank transfer: IOP Bank details are as follows:

Account Name:                 Institute of Physics (GBP)

Sort Code:                         40-14-13

Account Number:             82403552

Bank Name:                      HSBC Bank plc

Bank Address                   62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BA

BIC:                                    MIDLGB22

IBAN:                                 GB15MIDL. 40141382403552

 *** Please enter a reference with the transfer as follows:  REMS EVENT ddmmyy  

Where  ddmmyy is the date of the event e.g. REMS Event 300819

Organised by: Tony Colclough for the Retired Member' Section of the London and South East Branch, IOP

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