Fontwell Park Racecourse
Fontwell Park Racecourse


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Population: 1950
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Fontwell lies in the fertile plain between the South Downs and the coast, 4 miles west of Arundel. The place name is first recorded in 1630, a house called Common Farm near the junction of the Chichester to Arundel road (now the A27) and West Walburton Lane was here in 1778. In the 1840`s land was being offered for building around the road junction and towards Wandleys Lane (about a mile to the south) so that by the 1920`s & 30`s the settlement of Fontwell had been established. In the late 18th century there was an alehouse Ball`s Hut, by the early C20th the Inn had become popular with cyclists and hikers, it was re-named The Fontwell in the early 1980`s but was demolished in 1992 after the A27 Fontwell bypass was built. The shopping parade was built in 1939 and the roadside location also brought cafes and a petrol station. two small factories were established by 1957. The construction of the bypass in 1988 lead to a loss of business but by 1993 a new restaurant , motel and garage had been built. The areas rich soil had always attracted market gardening - the first was recorded in 1851 and in the late C20th the award winning Denmans Gardens and Plant Centre was opened. At the turn of the C20th the racehorse trainer Alfred day had his training gallops at Fontwell. In 1924 the gallops were developed into Fontwell Park Racecourse, built to a figure of eight design it is now the only National Hunt course laid out in such a manner; the first meeting was held on the 21st May 1924. The course is now one of the best small courses in the country and holds many different functions on non-race days.


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Innkeepers Lodge (0.20 miles)

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Travelodge Arundel (0.32 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Woodacre (0.82 miles)


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Set in an acre of garden surrounded by attractive woodland, this warm and friendly guest house is ideally placed for the seaside, South Downs and historic Arundel.

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Avisford Cottage (1.53 miles)

Avisford Cottage
Avisford cottage set in one acre of secluded wooded gardens. Situated just off the main A27 coastal road, within easy reach of the historic cities of Arundel one mile and Chichester five miles.

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The Old Store Guest House (2.67 miles)

The Anglesey Arms is a two minute stroll away. Roger and Jools will be delighted to welcome you into this traditional country pub with dining room. The menu features local and organic food; and freshly ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Bognor Regis (3.14 miles)

Premier Inn Bognor Regis
Situated just 2 miles from Bognor Regis train station; this Premier Inn is located on the A29, only 2 miles from Bognor Regis town centre. For a day at the races Goodwood racecourse is a ... More | visit website
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White Swan Hotel (3.15 miles)

White Swan Hotel

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With its full refurbishment The White Swan Hotels is now back on Arundelís map! Now part of Pebble Hotels, The White Swan has strived to create a contemporary edge to ... More

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5 Drewitts Mews (3.33 miles)

5 Drewitts Mews

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Interior designed Mews Cottage. Mary Waller has put her interior design skills to great use to bring you this lovely quite country retreat mews cottage. Mary was formally owner and ... More

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Brooklands Country Guest House (3.45 miles)

Brooklands Country Guest House

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Brooklands is a stunning barn conversion situated in the picturesque Arun Valley, just a short distance from the historic town of Arundel in West Sussex and only three miles from ... More

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The Goodwood Hotel (3.56 miles)

The Goodwood Hotel

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Within the 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate, just beneath the South Downs, stands this elegant hotel, sympathetically created on the site of an 18th century coaching house.

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