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From: "John Newport" <>
Subject: Re: [NEWPORT]
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 21:47:04 +0100
No problem! Here goes!
I live in Worthing, on the West Sussex coast, about 12 miles from Brighton,
which you may have heard of though I very much doubt you've heard of
Anyway, we are just over 6o miles south of London and Horsted Keynes is a
village, roughly north and slightly east of us and just under halfway
between the two - nearer, I think, to Worthing than it is to London.
I've been there and, if you blink, you've missed it! It's nothing much at
all, just countryside and a few small houses.
Today it's mainly known because of its railway - the 'Bluebell Line'.
You may have seen the film, way back in the '60's, of 'The Railway Children'
, with Jenny Agutter? Well, that was filmed on the 'Bluebell Line'.
To locate the village yourself, try
The first screen will say something like "Click on the map above, or enter a
place, address, or postcode below". Don't bother to do so - just click on
the 'Find' button and it will take you to another screen.
Here just enter 'Horsted Keynes' where it says 'Town' and click 'find'
Horsted Keynes will appear in the middle of the screen. You can zoom in and
zoom out ('zoom' is hardly the word as it takes its time!) but you've
probably used 'Multi-map before so, I suppose, there's no need for me to
tell you what to do! Anyway, that will help you to locate it in the country.
You might try this site, as it will give you some idea of what else is
around in the area.
'Arundel Castle' is just down the road from us, about 20 miles, I would
guess, maybe less. It's like a fairy castle - one you would see in
Cinderella, for instance. It was lucky; in all its life no one ever fired a
shot in anger at it!
Chichester is a very old town, which has a modern Theatre in the Round.
Maureen (my wife) and I often go there. They generally put on plays just
before they go up to the West End, in London, so we do get good ones -
sometimes not so good! Because of this, we generally get good and well-known
actors there, too. People you would know are Charlton Heston, Kathleen
Turner (he was good of course but she was good, very, very good) and many
English/British actors/actresses some of whom you will have seen in films.
Anyway, I digress, as they say - sorry about that!
As I said before Horsted Keynes is famous for its steam railway and is
packed with visitors and enthusiast most of the year.
For a variety of photos of Horsted Keynes (and that inevitable railway!)
Finally, again to give you some idea of the area, and if you like 'Winnie
the Pooh', try this site:
I'll see what I can find of a historical nature that would be more
interesting to a family historian but this is the best I can do at this time
of night! If you have anything specific that you would like to know, please
tell me and I'll see if I can find what you want.
Most of my ancestors are John Newport, as am I (obviously!) and they go
back, that I can prove, to 1726. I just can't make the next connection!
Mine, though, are from the county of Kent.
I didn't know there were Newports in Sussex, that far back. I'd be
interested in knowing a little more, if possible and if it's no trouble.
Take care and all the best,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: [NEWPORT]
> Hi John,
> I wander if you could answer a question for me? Where is Horsted
> Sussex England? My gggggggrandfather is John Newport born 28 Dec. 1697 at
> afor mention place. He died in Orange Co. Va. Aug of 1747. I would
> any information you could give me about that area of England. Thank you.
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