Janet Pennington is an independent historian with a PhD in early-modern Sussex inn and tavern history. Her MA dissertation was about Sir Thomas Sherley (c. 1542-1612) and the history of Wiston House. While working as archivist at Lancing College, she also taught local history and palaeography for the Centre of Continuing Education at the University of Sussex.
Janet is a committee member of the Steyning History Society, and was secretary of the former Wiston Estate Study Group, led by Roy Armstrong. She has been researching the Wiston Archives for 40 years.