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Facilities at Highdown include: Car parking, Picnic Area and Water Closets
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Highdown Gardens
Littlehampton Road
West Sussex
BN12 6PG

Tel: 01903 501054

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Millers Tomb

Millers Tomb

The famous Millers Tomb is on a downland site, which is now owned by the National Trust and can be found as you walk passed the entrance to Highdown Gardens to the top of Highdown Hill.

The tomb is the grave of John Olliver who was a miller in 1709. It is said that he was involved in smuggling and used the sails of the windmill to signal when the excise officers were not around.  The windmill has long since been demolished.

John Olliver had been thought by many to be an eccentric, who built his own tomb aged 56 and then kept his coffin on casters under his bed.  However, other people argue that John Olliver was of sound mind and had the tomb built as a site for hiding his contraband and that of other local smugglers. He eventually died in 1793 aged 84.

North Field

The site has been designated a Site of Nature and Conservation Interest due to the wealth of flora including orchids.

Highdown Hill can be used as a starting point for walks to various villages including Angmering, Patching and Findon.

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