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THE CAMPUS - PEREDUR CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Peredur from the Welsh Percival (/ˈpɜːrsɪvəl/) — or Perceval, Percivale, etc. — is one of King Arthur's legendary Knights of the Round Table. First made famous by the French author Chretien de Troyes, in the tale Conte du Graal (also known simply as Perceval), his story was allotted to the fictional figure of Peredur son of Efwc in the Welsh adaptation of Chretien's tale called Peredur ab Efrawc. He is most well known for being the original hero in the quest for the Grail before being replaced in later literature by Galahad.

Established in 1980, the Peredur Centre is a private arts college offering arts-based courses including eurythmy, speech, drama and movement. They also have a pre-school and nursery, and have other specialist classes running throughout the year. The building originates from 1916 and at one point was used as a rehabilitation centre by burns pioneer Sir Archibald McIndoe, now used as a student hostel. The main school building dates from 1965 and was designed by a Danish architect. The building sits in pleasant surroundings with easy access to East Grinstead. 


DORMS

The building originates from 1916 and at one point was used as a rehabilitation centre by burns pioneer Sir Archibald McIndoe, now used as a student hostel.

The area is home to many anthroposophical initiatives: Michael Hall School, Emerson College, two bio-dynamic farms and various other centers.

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EAST GRINSTEAD

Set on our sandstone hill top 400 feet above sea level, East Grinstead stands about half way between London and the South coast. The tower of St Swithun’s church dominates the skyline and has been a landmark for miles around. The church very much reflects the town’s associations with iron making in the surrounding countryside.

Surrounding the church our ancient market town boasts a wealth of architectural heritage and is surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the whole of the South East of England. This is where the River Medway rises, and the vast swathes of Ashdown Forest begin. Here you can ride on the steam trains of the famous Bluebell Railway, drift among the treasures of the National Trust’s Standen, or celebrate the famous Christmas Carol of Good King Wenceslas in the quadrangle of Sackville College.


FOREST ROW

Forest Row is at the northern tip of both East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council. The outlying areas of the parish border three other counties - West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The nearest town is East Grinstead, which is 'over the border' in West Sussex.  

Originally a small hamlet that grew up at one of the 'gates' of Ashdown Forest where the turnpike road (now the A22) began its climb up the forest ridge, the village of Forest Row has grown gradually over the past 150 years or so. Much of its growth was due to the arrival of the railway in 1866 and the opening of the golf course in 1889. The steady growth of Forest Row has, however, continued with a population in the parish of nearly 5,500 at the last census. The village is surrounded on three sides by Ashdown Forest and this forms a natural boundary, preventing development on a large scale. 

The village has retained much of its rural character and is a pleasant mixture of old and new, with traditional Sussex cottages and pleasing modern developments. There are several village greens carefully preserved and maintained by the Parish Council, giving an attractive open appearance. 

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LONDON

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.


BRIGHTON

Brighton is bursting with attractions: an outlandish Royal Palace, interesting museums, a beautiful beach, Brighton University, superb shopping and late-night pubs and clubs.

Brighton is a great base for exploring the South Downs National Park, home to the dramatic Seven Sisters cliffs and some of southern England’s most charming villages.

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