Things to do in Burpham, West Sussex
The village was built on the site of a Saxon fortified village which was designed to withstand Viking invasion from the river its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'Burgh' or Burh meaning fortification.
The surrounding area offers a wide variety of countryside for both experienced and casual walkers.
The gentle incline and well maintained footpaths and bridleways of Perry Hill allows easy access to the South Downs and offers spectacular views across the river valley and back south towards Arundel.
The church, St. Mary's, is worth a visit, it dates back to Saxon times and is built from local flint rubble with Horsham Slab used for the lower courses of the roof.
It was remodelled towards the end of the twelfth century with a Norman Arch leading into the south transept.The vaulted ceiling of the Chancel dates from the thirteenth century; it leans toward the south.
This feature,is known as a ‘weeping chancel'. It was thought to have represent Christ's head on the Cross, however it is a mistake made by the medieval builders.
Two of Burpham's most famous residents, Reverend Tickner Edwardes and Mervyn Peake are both buried in the churchyard.
Description by Len Brook