Nature has eminently favoured this town by the salubrity of its air, the potency of its mineral springs, and the adjacent appendages of romantic and agreeable scenery.
One of the old rotten boroughs, once of considerable importance, now displaying few traces of its former superiority beyond its old castle, which was granted by the Conqueror to William de Brasse, and which, after passing the severest ordeals by war and the elements, was at last destroyed during the parliamentarian war. It has a most picturesque appearance from the Adur, which runs at the foot of the mound on which it stands, grimly frowning over the tops of the trees, which are nearly carried to its summit The view from it is a singularly fine one, embracing both land and sea to the verge of the horizon.
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The situation of this town on the banks of the Wey, and spreading over the steep hill as it rises from the side of the river, is particularly picturesque.
From the Worthing Road the appearance of the town, with its stately castle, extensive park, and winding river, is singularly beautiful.