The much-conserved town has a medieval castle and Roman Catholic cathedral. Arundel has a museum and comes second behind much larger Chichester in its number of listed buildings in West Sussex. The River Arun runs through the eastern side of the town.
Arundel was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. From 1836 to 1889 the town had its own Borough police force with a strength of three. In 1974 it became part of the Arun district, and is now a civil parish with a town council.
A bit of history of Arundel
The name comes from Old English Harhunedell, “valley of horehound“, and is first recorded in the Domesday Book. Folk etymology, however, connects the name with the Old French word arondelle “swallow”, a diminutive form of arunde or aronde, and swallows appear on the town’s arms.
On 6 July 2004, Arundel was granted Fairtrade Town status.
People born in Arundel are known locally as Mullets, due to the presence of mullet in the River Arun.
Arundel is home to one of the oldest Scout Groups in the world. 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s Own) Scout Group was formed in 1908 only a few weeks after Scouting began. Based in an HQ in Green Lane Close, it has active sections of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts.
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