|Over thirty Club cars from Central Southern section and the Southern Section of the Bentley Drivers' Club enjoyed an excellent day at Arundel Castle in warm sunshine, although at times cloud cover made it feel cooler, with many members enjoying a picnic in the shade of the trees.
The family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over nine hundred years, Arundel Castle is an impressive structure commanding superb views of the South Downs and River Arun from the Norman Keep. Although the oldest parts date from the 11th century, the castle was rebuilt in Victorian times. This provided a very suitable backdrop for our motorcars that were displayed on the south lawns and contained a suitable mixture of both old and newer models.
The interior of the castle is an interesting mix of Gothic style architecture with some beautiful wood panelling and heraldic decoration. The Great Hall with its high vaulted wooden ceiling and the Library with its Regency interior add to the pleasure of this grand stately home that contains some fascinating furniture, tapestries, rare paintings and other personal artefacts.
The private chapel inside the castle is a perfect monument of 19th century Catholic revival in England, however the ancient Fitzalan Chapel within the grounds is the burial place of the Dukes of Norfolk.
There is so much to see at this interesting venue that time does not allow for it in one day therefore, and with the co-operation of the very helpful Castle staff team, we hope to return again soon.
Andrew Honour - Section Treasurer