Burpham is only 90 minutes from London by train, and offers easy access to the attractions of Arundel, as well as access to other major attractions such as racing at Goodwood, Chichester theatre, and the great houses of Petworth, Parham and Uppark, as well as the seaside attractions of Brighton.
Burpham lies at the end of a country lane which meanders through the water-meadows of the Arun before making its way to the sunny chalk grasslands of the South Downs. Officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and more recently a National Park, the Downs offers a unique habitat for rare animals and flowers, as well as containing evidence of thousands of years of human habitation back to the Iron Age. You can walk straight up onto the South Downs Way or onto the Monarch's Way, or straight onto many of the downland paths leading to Amberley or Arundel.
Burpham stands on the site of a Saxon fortified village with striking earthworks to protect against Viking invasion. Its church is also of Saxon origins. Thatched cottages with Sussex flint walls, a century-old cricket pitch and pub, combined with views across the water meadows to Arundel and walks on the downs, make Burpham the ideal weekend retreat. In fact, folklore has it that nearby Harrow Hill was the last place in Britain where fairies lived, until disturbed by archaeologists!
Burpham has a rich literary history. Mervyn Peake and his family lived nearby in Wepham and walked the South Downs while inventing the rich fantasy characters of Gormenghast and producing his outstanding illustrations. John Cooper Powys was brought up here, and wrote warmly of Burpham in his memoirs. The Rev Tickner Edwardes, who lived in the Burpham Country House when Vicar of Burpham, was a noted naturalist and wrote many books including 'The Lore of the Honey-Bee', as well as authoring romantic novels and early films of the 1920s. Both Mervyn Peake and Rev Tickner Edwardes are buried in the local churchyard.
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