Introducing Burpham and Wepham

Stile to Wepham Photo © Shazz (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Both villages are on the side of Perry Hill, safely above the River Arun flood plain. They both have views of Arundel Castle and the South Downs.

Ancient earthworks suggest that Burpham was fortified to repel Vikings. During the reign of King Alfred the Great or Edward the Elder. Neighbouring Wepham is a picturesque hamlet nearby.

Burpham Road Photo © Simon Carey (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Bridleway Photo © Simon Carey (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Key landmarks of Burpham and Wepham

The streets are lined with Sussex flint cottages. You’re sure to love the food and drink in Burpham’s 17th century George & Dragon gastropub.

The Saxon church of St Mary includes a special window through which lepers could watch Mass. Famous residents buried in the churchyard include Mervyn Peake, author of Gormenghast, and noted author and naturalist, Rev. Tickner Edwardes.

As both villages have no through traffic, they are destination villages from where you can access some amazing walks, horse-rides and mountain-bike rides.

Both offer easy access to the hilly South Downs and the beaches of Climping and Littlehampton. The market town of Arundel is just three miles away, and you can enjoy racing at nearby Goodwood or Fontwell, as well as a visit to Chichester with its famous Cathedral and theatre.

Burpham and Wepham are just two of the places covered by the free Sussex Local magazine delivered by hand, by local people, every month.


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