Miller's Tomb

Miller's Tomb, Highdown Hill

The famous Miller's Tomb is on a downland site, which is now owned by the National Trust, and can be found as you walk north past the entrance to Highdown Gardens from the car park up on to the top of Highdown Hill.

It is only a 5 minute walk away (about 300m, or 330 yards) from our picnic area and car park and the main entrance to Highdown Gardens up on the hill and has excellent views along the hills and back down to the coast.

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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 a local windmill to signal when the excise officers were not around. The windmill has long since been demolished.

John Olliver built his own tomb, aged 56, and kept his coffin on casters under his bed. Thought by many to be eccentric 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.

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

North Field: The site has been designated a Site of Nature and Conservation Interest (SNCI) due to the wealth of flora, including orchids.

Miller's Tomb on Highdown Hill:

Millers Tomb (744)

Miller's Tomb shown in its setting on Highdown Hill:

Millers Tomb setting on Highdown Hill (744)

From here you can head back down to our picnic area and car park and the main entrance to Highdown Gardens.

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Hillfort and later Roman settlement and Anglo Saxon cemetery, Highdown Hill

About 300m to 400m further along the top of Highdown Hill to the west you can find an ancient hillfort and later Roman settlement - a Scheduled Monument.

This is the site of a late Bronze Age settlement which was then later overlaid by an Iron Age univallate hillfort.

(Univallate ‎ = a hilltop enclosure bounded by a single rampart, usually accompanied by a ditch).

A little further to the west there is also the site of an Anglo Saxon cemetery - also a Scheduled Monument.

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