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Extracts from the Manuscripts in the possession of William John Campion Esq., at Danny; and of Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson, Bart., of Charlton House, compiled by R. W. Blencowe, published 1858 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 10, article, pp.1-52) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2095] & The Keep [LIB/500229] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Roman Pavement at Danny, by Unknown Author(s), published 1858 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 10, notes & queries, p.205) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2095] & The Keep [LIB/500229] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Roman Remains - Hurst-Pierpoint and Danny, by Robert Willis Blencowe, M.A., published 1862 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 14, article, pp.176-181) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2099] & The Keep [LIB/500233] & S.A.S. library   View Online

The Courthopes, by Mark Antony Lower, published 1865 in The Worthies of Sussex (pp.74-76) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 3208][Lib 3233][Lib 3304] & The Keep [LIB/503515][LIB/504913]

The Gorings of Ovingdean and Danny, by The Editor, published 1870 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 22, notes & queries, pp.222-223) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2017] & The Keep [LIB/500240] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Danny, the seat of William Henry Campian, by Country Life contributor(s), published 22 March 1913 in Country Life (article)

Historic Houses of Sussex - Danny, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1927 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. I no. 11, article, pp.457-461) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2303][Lib 8326] & The Keep [LIB/500137]

The Danny Archives: A Catalogue, by Judith A Wooldridge, published 1966 (xxii + 174 pp., Lewes: East Sussex County Council) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12685] & The Keep [LIB/504695] & British Library & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Danny House: A Sussex Mansion through Seven Centuries, by Colin Brent and Judith Brent, published 2013 (Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd.) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506764] & West Sussex Libraries
Danny HOUSE, a splendid Grade-One Elizabethan mansion nestling under iconic Wolstonbury Hill, due south of Hurstpierpoint, boasts 141 rooms, including cellars. From 1657 Peter Courthope owned Danny for 68 years, allowing village cricket on his Sandfield, the earliest known ground in Sussex. In the 1720s his son-in-law Henry Campion gave the south wing a Baroque facade, elegant rooms and curving staircase. His descendants owned Danny until 1983. Danny's new owner is Richard Burrows.
Review by Margaret Thorburn in Sussex Past & Present no. 131, December 2013:
In this modestly-sized volume, beautifully produced by Phillimore, the long history of Danny House and Park, situated below Wolstonbury Hill near Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, has been skilfully brought together to make an enthralling read. Not only have the authors, Colin and Judy Brent, been able to draw facts from various archive sources, there is also a wealth of illustrations - in fact there are 147 altogether, many in colour, to surprise and delight the reader.
The house and estate reflect, through their owners' lives, political, economic and personal events through the centuries. Formerly a medieval hunting park, Danny was revived as a country house by a rising Elizabethan called Gregory Dacre. But it was George Goring, also a rising courtier, who built the new house in 1582 on the E footprint, with a Great Hall 'its windows reaching from floor to roof' which can still be admired today.
Through the following century and during the disturbing events of the Civil War, Cavalier and Royalist Colonel George Goring based his family at Danny House. By the later seventeenth century, increasing prosperity resulting from commerce and industry, including iron-working, enabled the Courthopes, a gentry family based in Kent, to purchase Danny House and estates in 1653. A Courthope heiress, Barbara, married Henry Campion, and by 1728 they had remodelled the south wing, using a blend of red brick and Portland stone for the façade. This pleasing part of the house overlooks the rose gardens today.
The Victorian period proved to be a bountiful time for the Campion squires and their wives, dutifully carrying out the good works expected of them both locally and in a county context, including military duties. They enriched the gardens with exotic new fruits and planted specimen trees in the park and improved the farms. Here the book is enhanced by photographs of the Campion family taken in the setting of their beautiful house and gardens.
Then came troublesome times and two World Wars which greatly affected families trying to maintain large country houses in the twentieth century. Danny House changed to a 'letting house' and, for a period, to institutional use. Eventually in 1984 the momentous decision was taken for the 'Great Dispersal'.
The story of Danny is like a thriller - will there be a survival or final extinction? Of course the reader knows the answer, or they will if they read the Introduction by Richard Burrows, the present owner, and the final chapter. Now 35 residentshave comfortable apartments in the well-cared for mansion set in a delectable landscape.