Linchmere or Lychmere
Linchmere and Stanley CommonsThe Commons are an attractive area of heathland with some rare and unusual plants like bilberries and plenty of exotic insect life too.
These help to support a little bird called the Stonechat, which resembles a robin in its orange-red colouring and behaviour - stonechats have a much darker heads and backs though, being almost black.
The Lynchmere Society bought Linchmere and Stanley Commons and they have been run as a Nature Reserve since 1999.
Linchmere ChurchSt Peter's Linchmere looks fairly unremarkable from the outside, mainly because of extensive rebuilding work that was done in Victorian times.
Inside the church however there is plenty of interest.
It is clear that the church has been extended time and again over the centuries. The earliest part of the church is a tiny two cell Saxon church which now forms part of the south side of the enlarged church. It's almost as if the oldest church has been gobbled up by the new one.
There are good stone carvings depicting the Seven Deadly Sins inside Linchmere Church. These were created seven hundred years ago by Italian craftsmen, but only brought to St Peter's in the 20th century.
If you like good walks, the Serpent Trail slithers its way through the narrow gap between Linchmere and Haselmere, the Sussex Border Path is, unsurpiringly, close by too. And the New Lipchis Way also skirts the southenr part of the parish.
Shulbrede PrioryOnce called, Woolynchmere Priory, what's left of Shulbrede Priory a former Augustinian Priory founded near Linchmere in the about 1200 A.D. lie a mile sounth of Linchmere. Shulbrede Priory is a Grade I listed building which is now a family home - so you can't visit it. But it's a pretty important piece of local heritage nonetheless.
Iron WorksThe place names around Linchmere give a clue as to the improtance of the iron industry here in the Middle Ages. The hamlet of Hammer, Furnace Wood and Furnace Pond, Minepit Copse and Collier's Copse all derive their names from Sussex's metal bashng past.
LINCHMERE VILLAGE INFORMATION
A note on spelling. Linchmere and Lynchmere are both actively used to describe the village. Any old will maps will tell you that changes in the spelling of place names has been going on for as long as people have been trying to describe places and there's no reason why both Lynchmere and Linchmere can continue to thrive alongside each other.
- East Harting
- East Marden
- North Marden
- South Harting
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath