Introducing Slindon

Slindon Wood Photo © Janine Forbes (cc-by-sa/2.0)

This historic village is set in the foothills of the beautiful South Downs, and much of the area is protected by the National Trust. The village has an incredible community spirit, and even its own bus service run by local volunteers.

Despite claims to the contrary, Slindon was the true birthplace of cricket – there is evidence that the first cricket club was developed in the 17th century by the Duke of Richmond, with matches played on Slindon Common.

Pond in Slindon Photo © Marathon (cc-by-sa/2.0)
War Memorial Gardens Photo © Basher Eyre (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Key landmarks of Slindon

Slindon House – the Elizabethan manor that overlooks the 3,500-acre Estate – is now a college for boys.

The Spur is the last remaining pub. With parts dating back to the 16th century, it also contains a restaurant and skittle alley.

St Mary’s Anglican church was built in 1106, reportedly by St Anselm. Nearby St Richard’s Catholic church was built in.

There are regular film showings in the 1937-built Coronation Hall, which hosts events such as coffee mornings on the first Wednesday of every month and a farmers’ market every fourth Tuesday.

There’s a notorious Folly on the opposite hill, and rumours of a smugglers’ tunnel running between there and Yapton. The pumpkin display attracts visitors from around the world each autumn.

All this makes this picturesque village a fascinating place to live, work and visit.

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