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.
This place stands on the river Adur, at the foot of a hill. It enjoyed the privileges of a borough by prescriptive right, and returned two members to parliament up to the passing of the Reform Bill, by which it was disfranchised. It has some very old houses, and a church with some genuine Norman features, although its origin must have been in the earliest Saxon period, being the church of a benedictine monastery, in which were buried St. Cuthman and the father of Alfred the Great.
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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.