Sidlesham, West Sussex
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Late 12th century church of St Mary
The history of Sidlesham goes back to at least the 7th century. Records from AD 683 show that Caedwalla gave the manor here to Bishop Wilfrid to provide funds for the abbey at Selsey. The manor was held by the Bishop of Chichester at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, and the bishops held the estate until 1560.
In that year Queen Elizabeth exchanged less profitable estates for the manor of Sidlesham. The queen sold the manor into private hands in 1588, and it passed through several owners until it came to the Farrington family, who rented it out. The manor house itself passed in time to Sir Thomas Cuddon, a chamberlain of the City of London.
St Mary's Church
Sidlesham's attractive parish church, dedicated to St Mary Our Lady, dates in part to the 12th century, with nave arcades from around 1220. Unusually, the church is built of stone rubble, unlike most other churches in the area which are constructed of flint. The nave roof is 13th century, and the church is entered through an 18th-century porch of timber and brick. There is an 18th-century brass candelabrum in the chancel, and an early 13th-century font under the north aisle arcade.
Clustered around Pagham harbour are a group of 18th-century buildings, though the Crab and Lobster Inn may be even earlier, as is the thatched cottage opposite. West of the church, on the south side of Church Lane, is a group of 4 picturesque thatched houses dating from the 17th century.
Address: Sidlesham, West Sussex, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: 4 miles south of Chichester on the B2145
OS: SZ 8586 9890
Photo Credit: N Chadwick, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve - 1.4 miles (Countryside)
Church Norton, St Wilfrid's Church - 2.1 miles (Historic Church)
Earnley Butterflies and Gardens - 2.5 miles (Garden)
Chichester Cathedral - 3.6 miles (Cathedral)
Chichester, St John the Evangelist - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Pallant House Gallery - 3.6 miles (Museum)
The Novium Museum - 3.7 miles (Museum)
Fishbourne Roman Palace - 3.9 miles (Roman Site)
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