This pleasant village takes its name from the old Saxon term for a pasture. It is the second largest parish in all of Sussex, and home to a superb 12th century church. The church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, and was built by the Knight Templar upon the foundations of a much earlier building.
In the chancel is the alabaster monument of Sir Thomas Caryll.

Nearby is Shipley Windmill, an octagonal smock mill, four stories high, built in 1879. The mill is open to the public, and you can watch corn being ground and purchase fresh flour.

The most famous resident of Shipley was probably author Hillaire Belloc, who lived here from 1906-1953 at the house known as King's Land.