Slindon Today

With a population of around 600 people, Slindon is still a thriving living and working community. It boasts some of the finest traditional flint and brick architecture within Sussex, but is far from just an open air museum.

Around two thirds of the village buildings are owned by the National Trust and the majority can be identified by the burgundy estate colours of the doors windows and guttering, known locally as Ox Blood.

Slindon is located in the Arun district and has its own parish council. There is a primary school in the centre of the village, and a private boys school, located in Slindon House.

The village prides itself on its seasonal events and occasions. In recent years Gaston Farm has opened it doors to visitors during spring for lambing and shearing, which has proven a great success bringing a greater understanding of this part of the farming calendar, and many visitors to the village.

October is another busy month. People come from far and wide to see the nationally renowned pumpkin display on Top Road, and to take away one of the many varied shaped and coloured pumpkins and squashes for some experimental cooking. A visit is not complete without a visit to the Pumpkin Café at St Richards Church. In recent times this has been joined by a village Scarecrow competition that spans the village and neighbouring parishes.

One of the most recent additions to Slindon was the planting of the community ‘Jubilee Orchard’. With an insect buzzing meadow, and collection of fruit trees including Plum, Medlar, Pear, Apple, Crab apple and Damson it has in turn generated its own events. In autumn, an apple pressing day is held, and one of the most exciting additions is the wassailing of the orchard on the twelfth night. To Wassail, is an ancient custom of toasting the health of the apple trees, and frightening off bad spirits to ensure a good harvest in the following Autumn.
Slindon Wassail 2013. Photo: Katie Archer