Here is a little information on the villages (and hamlets) I have visited on my travels. Once again the list is not intended to include all villages in the vicinity but as I visit other ones they will get added to the list. As I compile more information ,and take more photographs of them, I hope to produce a page for each but in the meantime here is a little information with links to any local sites available (Parish Councils, Local Football Clubs, Scouts, etc). What I will NOT include are commercial links to Hotels, Property for Sale,etc. However if you are a local shop, craft outlet or pub with a website or just want to give me further information on a particular village email me and I will include it if applicable.

Littlehampton Town Council Logo
Arun District Council Logo
Amberley
Although Amberley is further away than the other villages I have included it because I have visited it when going for a ride on the South Downs Way (See the Countryside Page of this site).
Amberley is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the South Downs. Amberley is built on the Greensand ridge overlooking Amberley Wildbrooks, 30 square miles of water meadows forming the flood plain of the River Arun. Amberley has a 12th Century Church, St Michael’s, which is well worth a look. Also there three pubs in the area, The Black Horse, The Bridge Inn and The Sportsman. Amberley’s origins lay back in Saxon times and still retains its medieval street plan with a high proportion of its existing houses having been built in the 16th to 18th Centuries when Amberley was a farming community. There is also a fortified manor house that once belonged to the Bishop of Winchester but is now a Hotel. Also nearby is Amberley Working Museum.
Angmering
Angmering is located approximately 3.2km (2 miles) north of the English Channel and roughly halfway between the towns of Worthing and Littlehampton. The parish is about six miles long (from north to south) and two miles wide and covers some 1900 hectares. Its roots stretch back to the Bronze Age. Angmering has retained its rural charm principally due to the preservation of its village square. Angmering contains many ancient and attractive buildings of brick and flint, some timber-framed and a number of fine 16th to 18th Century houses and cottages. The remains of a substantial and luxurious villa, dated between AD 65 - 75 were partially excavated in the 1930’s. Clustered around the square are some shops and The Lamb Public House.
Barnham
Barnham is a large village about 8km (five miles) north of Bognor Regis. The local church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and dates back to at least Norman times. Barnham is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the cattle market (founded in 1890 but now long gone) was, in its heyday, considered to be one of the most important in Sussex for both cattle and cereals

There are two public houses in the village, The Barnham Bridge Inn and the Murrell Arms - originally a farmhouse, built in 1750, and licensed since 1866. Despite its long history aesthetically, the village has little to offer. For accessibility and commuting to London however, as well as being convenient for the coast, the Downs, and places like Chichester and Arundel, its location makes it very popular, and homes in the village are in great demand. Having said that The Murrell Arms is well worth a visit and there are some pleasant walks nearby and also the remains of the disused Portsmouth-Arundel Canal are visible just SE of the village.

I couldn’t find any useful sites other than the ones listed below, if you know of any please email me.
Burpham
Burpham is located 3.2km (two miles) north of Arundel, on an arm of the River Arun and stands on the site of a Saxon fortified village with striking earthworks to protect against Viking invasion from the river Arun.

Burpham has one main street, mainly of thatched Sussex flint and thatched cottages, a century-old cricket pitch where W G Grace played, and a renowned pub, the George and Dragon, built in 1736. There is also a church dedicated to St Mary and is of saxon origin. Burpham has a 'lost' twin village, 'Bargham or Barpham, the remains of which can be seen on walks in the surrounding hills. It was destroyed in the plague.

Mervyn Peake the famous author of the trilogy Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone also lived here with his family.

This is definitely one village I want to go back to and explore some more.
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Clymping
On the south Clymping is bounded  by the sea and to the east reaches the River Arun. It is crossed roughly east to west by the A259 Littlehampton to Bognor Regis road. So it is almost as if there are two ‘Clympings’, one south of the A259 centred around Clymping St which runs down to the sea and the small coastal hamlet of Atherington and has The Black Horse public house, once a smuggling inn, and the other north of the A259  and this area is roughly defined by the B2233 (Yapton Rd) and the B2132 (Church Lane) going from their junctions with the A259 north-west to Yapton and northward to Ford/Arundel respectively. In Church Lane is the church of St Mary’s, originally a Norman watchtower, built in 1170, with the church added about 1230. Sometimes Clymping is spelt Climping but the more traditional spelling uses a “Y”. The southern part is the most attractive and still manages to retain an air of peace and tranquility about it.
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East Preston lies roughly half way between Littlehampton and Worthing. It has a population of about 5,000 and is popular as a retirement area. The main road (Sea Road) runs through the centre of the village and down to a very pleasant beach. There are three pubs all quite near to each other, The Clock House Bar, Tudor Tavern and the Sea View. There is also quite a large village green where local events are held. A lot of new building has, to a certain degree, caused East Preston to lose its village atmosphere and there are new ‘Gated Estates’ both to the east and west. Still worth a visit though.
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Lyminster
Lyminster is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is located on the outskirts of Littlehampton, 3.2km (two miles) north of the town centre. The parish also includes the settlement of Crossbush, on the A27.

Just to the north of the village is a Knuckerhole, a kind of spring that rises in the flat lands to the south of the South Downs, which was once, according to legend, the home of a dragon, the Knucker. The church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, contains a tombstone, known as the Slayer's Slab, which is supposed to be from the tomb of the dragonslayer. The walls of the church date from about 1040 but there have been many changes and additions. It has a beautiful peel of six bells, the local pub being called "The Six Bells". Lyminster has an interesting history which I will expand on when time permits.
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Patching
Patching is a small village and civil parish that lies amidst the fields and woods of the southern slopes of the South Downs in the Arun District of West Sussex.. It has a history going back to before the Domesday survey of 1087. It is located 6.4km (4 miles) to the east of Arundel, to the north of the A27 road. The civil parish covers an area of 846.12ha and has a population of 230 persons (2001 census).

In the centre of the village is the 13th century Church of St John the Divine, restored in 1888. Above the village on the South Downs are groups of neolithic flint mines, represented by slight hollows and mounds and some beautiful walks through Wepham Wood.
Poling
Poling is a village and small civil parish located on a road to the south of the A27 road 4.8km (three miles) east of Arundel. It is a small quiet village, which has few public facilities but does have the historical church of St Nicholas parts of which date back to saxon times and St John's Priory, originally a 13th Century Chapel it was used by the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Now a private residence, the Priory has been added to over the centuries and now only small parts of the original 13th Century Chapel can be seen.

The majority of the village's land is farmland and farming is the only real industry around here. However, it is not just arable farms found around Poling - there are cattle farms and there is also a mushroom factory. The fields were once home to a massive radar array which formed part of the country's defences in the Second World War. During this time the village was heavily bombed and as a result there are anti-aircraft positions and pillboxes located around the village.
Rustington is a seaside resort and civil parish near Littlehampton. Officially a village with its own Parish Council, Rustington is larger than its status implies. The village is located on the A259 which runs to the north of the village providing transport to other towns such as Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester.

Rustington contains a conservation area which extends from the south end of North Lane to the Lamb Public House in The Street. This area contains many Grade 2 Listed buildings. The conservation area has the largest number of historic buildings in the area, with The Street and surrounding roads containing some of the finest C17th & C18th Sussex flint cottages in West Sussex, many of which are thatched. Rustington is still a village because people voted for it to remain a village.

Two world air speed records were set on the date 7th September over Rustington sea front:
Record 1 - set on 7th September 1946, by Group Captain Teddy Donaldson, flying a Gloster Meteor Star. Donaldson also became the first man to break the 1,000 km/h barrier.
Record 2 - set on 7th September 1953, by Squadron Leader Neville Duke, flying Hawker Hunter WB188, at a speed of 1170.9 km/h. Info courtesy of Wikipedia
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Wepham is a hamlet in the Arun district of West Sussex. It lies on the Burpham to Warningcamp road 2.8km (1.7 miles) northeast of Arundel and is within the Parish of Burpham. Being a hamlet there are no facilities there but it is a quiet and very attractive place. From here you can follow paths that lead you back into Wepham Wood with its footpaths and bridleways.

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Sadly I cannot find any links to further information concerning Wepham.
Yapton
Yapton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex and dates back to the 11th Century. It is 4.8 km (three miles) to the north-west of Bognor Regis at the intersection of the B2132 and B2233 roads.

St Mary the Virgin parish church, 13th century or earlier in origin, is in the centre of the village. It houses a twelfth century font. Yapton is known as the village that "never closes its doors" - thought to refer to the days when smugglers making their way with their contraband from the beaches of nearby Clymping found plenty of open doors in Yapton to help them escape the pursuing excise men!

The disused Portsmouth & Arundel Canal which linked the River Arun to Chichester Harbour, runs through the village. Built as part of a safe inland shipping route between London & Portsmouth avoiding the then considerable hazards of coastal waters and attack by the French. Source Wikipedia
The Village Square
The Old Windmill (disused)
The George and Dragon
Clymping Street
East Preston Beach
St Mary Magdalene
Patching Pond
Church of St Nicholas
Church of St Peter & St Paul
Wepham Cottage
The Lamb Public House

Amberley West Sussex - Sadly this site seems to have ceased to exist. It may return so I shall keep link for a bit.

Amberley Working Museum - A 36 acre open-air museum dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east.

Wikipedia Entry for Barnham

British History on Line - an extensive text on the history of Barnham but a bit dry, one for real history buffs.

Clymping Parish Council - details of the Parish Councils activities along with some local information and history.

Clymping Dog Sanctuary - “receive dogs from the police, dog wardens or from people who can no longer manage to keep their dog.”  They are always looking for good, kind, caring homes for the dogs in their care.

Clymping Football Club - Clymping FC was formed in 1947 and have always been based in the West Sussex League.

British History on Line - an extensive text on the history of Clymping Parish but a bit dry, one for real history buffs.

Sadly, at the time of writing this and despite its interesting past there there are no websites of interest concerning Lyminster, not even one for the Parish Council. So the information above is provided courtesy of Wikipedia.
Sadly, at the time of writing this and despite its interesting past there there are no websites of interest concerning Patching, not even one for the Parish Council with the exception of British History on Line - an extensive text on the history of Patching Parish but a bit dry, one for real history buffs.. Most of the information above is provided courtesy of Wikipedia.
Sadly, at the time of writing this and despite its interesting past there there are no websites of interest concerning Poling, not even one for the Parish Council. So most of the information above is provided courtesy of Wikipedia and a page I found on the BBC’s website.

Rustington Parish Council - includes information about the local community, local businesses and facilities.

Rustington Museum and The Garden Cafė -  housed in Church Farm Cottage a Grade II listed building.

Rustington Football Club - play in the Sussex County League

Rustington Football Club Independent Fan Site - lots of information about the club.

1st Rustington Scout Groups - information on the various scouting groups and their activities.

Rustington Otters - formed in 1969 the club is one of the largest youth football clubs in the Arun district and currently offers the opportunity of youth football to over 250 boys and girls from Under 6 to Under 16.

Yapton Parish Council - plenty of information about the Parich Council and its activities.

Local Heritage Initiative - provided funds, advice and support to enable communities to investigate, explain and care for their local landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture. Sadly the initiative is now closed but the website remains.

British History on Line - an extensive text on the history of Clymping Parish but a bit dry, one for real history buffs.

 

 

East Preston Parish Council - site hosted by Arun District Council and contains lots of useful information concerning the councils and its activities.

East Preston Football Club - is still playing in the Sussex County Football League. However it appears this site has not been updated for some considerable time.

East Preston History - some quite extensive discourses on various aspects of East Preston’s history.

East Preston Cricket Club - formed in 1860 . Many famous cricketers have graced the ground over the years, including Sir Garfield Sobers and Tony Grieg.

Sadly, at the time of writing this, I could find no links to any sites of useful information about Burpham other than the entry for it in Wikipedia the free on-line encyclopaedia from which the above information is taken.If you know of any useful sites please email me.

Angmering Village Life - excellent site containing news, photos of the parish, forthcoming events, history, village organisations, traders, maps, etc

The Angmering Society - was “founded in 1973 to secure the preservation and development of features of historic and public interest and natural environment within the Parish of Angmering”

The Angmering School - information on the school and its facilities.

The Angmering Chorale -  “has been singing for over 30 years. From a small inaugural group in 1976, The Chorale has grown to over 130 singers”.

Angmering-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club - Based in East Preston which is sometimes known as Angmering on Sea.

 

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