The little church of St Mary's has nestled beneath the Downs for almost a thousand years. It is set within the bounds of a yew grove that is even older. The Tower and the Nave are basically Saxon, about 1050, but altered in Norman times and the 12th and 13th centuries. As you enter you will see a mutilated marble effigy of a 13th century Knight in chain mail, believed to be a de Couvert, Lord of the Manor and a Crusader........more
Friendly hospitality and comfortable accommodation in the beautiful South Downs provides an excellent setting for companionable quiet (not silent) time to retreat, reflect and rest ...... read more or see our retreats poster in pdf format (17.5MB) download.
An old picture post card of our church. You can learn more about the history by clicking this button ...
The Parish is temporarily without a permanent Vicar, but it has been provided by the Diocese with a priest to help in the interim period. His name is the Revd Bernard Sinton. He is part of the Horsham Team ministry, based at Holy Trinity Church. He is a non-stipendiary priest, ordained in 1990. His wife is also a non- stipendiary priest. She has been Priest in Charge of Shipley Parish since 2001. They have two grown up sons. Bernard had a full time job in research for a large multinational company for 39 years, and is now retired from full time employment.