HISTORY UNITES BRAMBER WITH NORMANDY
The village of
Bramber celebrated its medieval history this week, with fifty five
visitors from Briouze in Normandy. The two small communities exchanged
information about their colourful past and re-established links that
began over nine hundred years ago.
The story started
when William de Braose, Lord of Briouze and companion of William the
Conqueror, built Bramber Castle and established it as the seat of a
powerful barony. The de Braose Lords of Bramber and Briouze rose to become Marcher Lords in Wales
then, under King John, one of the most influential families in the land.
visitors were all members of their local history society, Les Amis du
Houlme. They arrived on Sunday afternoon, October 10 and visited Wiston
Church (left) and St Mary's at Horsham (below). The day was completed
when the group attended a mass celebrated by their own Abbé
at St Nicolas'
church at Old Shoreham.
visitors attended a formal Civic Welcome the
following day at St Mary's House in Bramber. The Président de la Communauté de Communes de
Briouze, M. Jacques de Malglaive, was with the group and hopes to
establish modern-day twinning links between Briouze and Bramber.
Chairman, Roger Glanville believes that the two English and French
communities are natural "twins". "Our mutual history is remarkable," he
said. "It is a pleasure to welcome our new friends from Briouze. I hope
that we will soon be able to visit Briouze in return."
representatives of the two communities exchanged gifts and Lynda Denyer was honoured to receive
the Medal of Briouze (right). After the reception the visitors walked
through Bramber and
were given a guided tour of Bramber Castle, the original de Braose seat
After visiting St
Mary's, the second church built by the de Braoses in Shoreham, the
party left to continue their tour of Britain in the tracks of the
"Seigneurs de Briouze". The tour included Hereford, Brecon,
Abergavenny, Hay and Radnor.