A trip though EJO Country 
Sussex and Surrey
Updated 12th January, 2015.
This page is part of COLLECTING BOOKS and MAGAZINES, Blue Mountains, Australia

Elsie Jeanette Oxenham published 87 books and numerous short stories for girls during the first half of last century. Most of them were set in England but a few were set in Wales, Scotland, Switzerland and France. Here are the places in Sussex and Surrey that we have found so far. We hope you enjoy "visiting" the places you have read about so often.

The locations that appear in RED actually exist.

Additions and corrections welcome at all times.

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Views of Arundel (Kentisbury).
You can almost see Littlejan riding past.


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The keep - I would also like to climb it - to
see the patterns made by Sellenger's Round.

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Swanbourne Lake, where much of Patch & a Pawn takes place, and a favourite haunt of "trippers" in all the Kentisbury books.


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Aerial view of Arundel

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Bridge over the Arun


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An old postcard of Arundel

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The Arun with Arundel in the background   the grassed area could be where the Kentisbury children were kidnapped in Jandy Mac Comes Back


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View from the Keep at Arundel

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The private apartments at Arundel

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Arundel village from the keep

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Entry to Private apartments

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Littlehampton at the mouth
of the Arun river .

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The Black Rabbit pub (Princess Royal) near Kentisburys_blackrabbit.jpg (7494 bytes)

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Arun river - Water meadows where the kidnappers
dumped the children in Jandy Mac comes Back
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Can you imagine the patterns of Sellenger's Round?

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The Kentisbury greenhouse from where many of the Queens' flowers came.

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Railway carriage bungalows and shingle beach at Pagham are featured in Junior Captain, The School Without a Name and Ven at Gregory's. The ones on the left are almost unrecognisable as carriages now, but you can see the rounded original roofline in the centre picture. Right - Pagham lagoon is now a nature reserve.

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Chanctonbury Ring - Maribel and
Rosalind listen to Cecily pipe for the
first time here in Abbey Girls Play Up

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Chanctonbury Ring (on the horizon) from Cissbury
. The Sixth walked there in Dorothy's Dilemma.


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Chanctonbury Ring today after being almost destroyed by a storm.

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Maribel’s guides picnicked here at Cissbury Ring  


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Chanctonbury dew pond

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View from Chanctonbury ring.


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The Sussex Downs where several of the
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Abinger Hammer
village (above) where
Pixie had her caravan.
Jen visits her in Queen
of the Abbey.
Left - detail of the unique
clock at the inn.


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The downs near Dorking

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Clematis Cottage at Washington is now an Antique shop but in Elsie's time it was a tea shop and the original of the Rose and Squirrel. A group of Australian Abbey Girls are in the doorway.

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The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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Teas to raise funds for Oxfam - Rose cottage Easter Monday 1993


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village and the nearby "Silent Pool"
from The Abbey Girls Play Up.

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Gate on the path leading to the Silent Pool

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Old postcard of the boathouse at the Silent Pool

Another view of the Silent Pool


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Birling gap

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St George & the Dragon between Storrington & Arundel
The Woodend girls would have passed this on their way to Kentisbury

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Cottage at "Rainbows" model village at


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Franklin Arms, the original of the Dragon near the Rose & Squirrel

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Interior & exterior photos of Goodwood House model for Rainbows from Daring Doranne & Margery Meets the Roses, no wonder Doranne didn't want to live there.

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An old postcard of the Deniston Gardens
in Worthing

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Elsie's home in Worthing - Inverkip.

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Salvington Mill near Worthing


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Two pictures of pots from Farnham Pottery
where Mary Dorothy’s  & Biddy's pots came

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Rottingdean - The Sussex school
stories are set nearby.

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Storrington - Possible model
village for Rainbows village situated
between Washington and Arundel.

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Windmill Jack Sussex - Black
windmill mentioned in the
Sussex school stories.

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South Downs -  Sussex school stories.

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Walking tracks - Susses Downs

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Another view of the devastated
Chanctonbury Ring


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Brighton Pier

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Abinger Hall - this is at Abinger Hammer in
Surrey  but is the right name. It has since
been destroyed.

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Littlehampton Harbour - At the mouth of the
river Arun, in some of the books it is referred
to by its proper name, but in JMCB as


Above & below 5
pictures of
church where Maidlin &
Jock give thanks when
they become engaged in
Maid of the Abbey.



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