Earnley, West Sussex
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century Earnley church
The history of Earnley goes back well before the Norman Conquest. Just outside the village is the site of an ancient gathering place, or moot, where local administration took place. After the Norman Conquest Earnley was granted to the Ernley family, who gave their family name to the village.
The small parish church is notable for its peculiar churchyard, retained with stone walls that create a ship contour. The oldest part of the church is the nave, which dates to the 13th century. The chancel was a late addition, added in the 14th century. Other historic features include a 14th-century aumbry with a carved door. The church has never had a dedication; it has always simply been known as Earnley Church.
The coast south of Earnley is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological interest and for its importance as a natural habitat.
Address: Earnley, West Sussex, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: 6 miles south west of Chichester, off the B2198
Photo Credit: Jonathan Billinger, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Earnley Butterflies and Gardens - 0.4 miles (Garden)
Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve - 2 miles (Countryside)
Church Norton, St Wilfrid's Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Bosham, Holy Trinity Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Fishbourne Roman Palace - 4.5 miles (Roman Site)
Chichester Cathedral - 4.8 miles (Cathedral)
Pallant House Gallery - 4.9 miles (Museum)
The Novium Museum - 4.9 miles (Museum)
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