Village Buildings

It is not surprising that these gentle southern slopes of The Downs have been populated since time immemorial as is evidenced by the ancient mounds and barrows, Iron age fort and sadly scant remains of Romano-british homesteads. The impressive stretches of Stane Street, the Roman Road across the Downs and Weald from London to Chichester, remind us of the long Roman occupation.

Again there is limited survival of Saxon and Mediaeval buildings apart from the occasional fragments in the rebuilt Slindon House and oldest village houses. But what is very apparent from a walk round the village, if more recent structures are ignored, is the medieval pattern of scattered cottages with fields between them, even echoed by the expanse of green before the former council estate opposite the Forge.

It is the sheer simple charm of the old flint cottages around the junction of Reynolds Lane / School Hill / Park Lane which stamp the character of the village and its history, with similar groupings in Dyers Lane, Church Hill and Top Road, rather than the attractive but grander 18th Century houses and former clergy residences.

Musts to see of course include the ancient Lock-Up in Dyers Lane, the converted thatched Railway Carriage in the grounds of Church House opposite St. Mary’s Church, the Cattle Pound in Mill Lane on the old drovers road over the Downs, and the much photographed former thatched post office in Top Road.
The Old Lock-Up, Dyers Lane. Photo: Katie ArcherCottages Dyers Lane. Photo: Bob Epsom