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|Slindon Village History Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 14 Jan 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|A 1.5 mile circular trail around the charming downland village of Slindon, West Sussex. The walking route follows a journey around the village streets, exploring the varied history from its Elizabethan manor house and churches, to its duck pond and pumpkins, and its links to the game of cricket. The village is simply bursting with interest waiting to be discovered. The Forge, the community cafe and shop, provides the perfect place for refreshments before or after your walk. |
The walk has a few steady slopes and follows the village pavements and roads. Some sections follow the edge of the village roads (with no pavements) so take care of any traffic, particularly with children. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route. Approximate time 30 to 45 minutes.
Slindon is a small village which is located about 6 miles east of Chichester and 2 miles west of Arundel in West Sussex. The village is accessed from the A29, close to its junction with the A27. The walk starts and finishes from The Forge cafe/shop on Reynolds Lane in Slindon. The cafe is next to the village hall and there is roadside parking on Reynolds Lane, alongside the small orchard just beyond the Forge. Approximate post code BN18 0QT.
|Start to Village Sign|
Start point: 50.8626 lat, -0.6292 long
The walk starts and finishes from The Forge, a great place for refreshments before or after your walk. It is thought that the original building here began life as a wheelwright’s in about 1860, and was extended to become a full forge in about 1880. At that time it would have been a vital part of village life, making and repairing agricultural and domestic ironwork as well as shoeing horses. The forge remained in use by a farrier until about 2000. An ambitious community project has converted the building into a fabulous community run shop and cafe. The café is licensed, serves delicious coffee, light meals and cakes – much of it homemade, or sourced from local suppliers. There’s free wi-fi and dogs, cyclists and walkers are made very welcome.
|Village Sign to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 50.8632 lat, -0.6307 long
Stay on the main road, as it bends right. Take care here as there are no pavements for a short distance, walk on the left-hand road edge and listen carefully for any traffic. After this narrow section join the right-hand pavement, with horse paddocks to the right and pretty cottages to the left.
|St Mary's Church to Slindon College|
Start point: 50.8666 lat, -0.6349 long
Take a moment to look at St Mary’s Church. The building of this ancient church was started in 1106 probably by St. Anselm, who owned the nearby Slindon Palace. Archbishop Langton (a signatory of the Magna Carta) died here in 1228. The church houses the only wooden effigy in a Sussex church, thought to be that of Sir Anthony St Leger (who died 1539) in full armour.
|Slindon College to Slindon Pumkins|
Start point: 50.8687 lat, -0.6373 long
In AD 684 Caedwalla (the King of Wessex) was granted Slindon and he gave it to Bishop Wilfred who then donated it to the Archbishops of Canterbury. A palace was built for the archbishops (near to this site of the modern day Slindon House) as well as a Medieval deer park. The estate stayed in the ownership of the archbishops until given to the crown (Henry VIII) in the 1500s. The present Tudor structure, by Sir Garrett Kempe, was owned by the Kempes in the 1500s and 1600s, and the Earls of Newburgh in the 1700s and 1800s. In 1861 on the death of Anne, Countess of Newburgh, Slindon House passed to Scottish Catholics, the Leslies who also built St. Richard’s Church.
|Slindon Pumkins to End|
Start point: 50.8673 lat, -0.6341 long
Ralph Upton grew pumpkins here in Slindon for over 40 years. From September to November (peaking around Hallowe’en) the barns adjoining his former home are festooned with a display created from 50-plus varieties of pumpkin and over 30 varieties of squash. The range of sizes, colours and shapes is extraordinary with additions every year. Following Ralph Upton’s sad demise, aged 87, in June 2009, his son Robin and Ralph’s loyal team have kept his tradition alive and preserve Slindon’s reputation as Britain’s pumpkin capital. Even if you’re visiting when the full display isn’t on show, you are likely to see pumpkins for sale outside the gates.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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