For most of its history Milland has been a collection of houses and farmsteads, spread out around sometimes marshy countryside. It's only more recently that a more nuclear village has grown here.
St Luke's Church at Milland is Victorian. But it sits next to a much older chapel which can be traced all the way back to Saxon times. Milland Chapel or Tuxlith Chapel as it is now known had fallen into a sorry state, but considerable work has been done in the last twenty years or so to preserve this anceint building.
One barely noticeable but significant feature of Milland is the Chichester to Silchester Roman Road, which passes right through the parish, taking a slight turn to the north west at Milland itself. Silchester in Hampshire used to be a huge Roman garrison and so the road was of some military significance. Unlike its West Sussex cousin Stane Street, the Chichester to Silchester Way hasn't been buried by the work of later road builders, making it a potentially exciting site for archaeologists. Milland had a part to play in the discovery of the road too because it was here that aerial photos first indicated there might be something unusual about the lay of the land - and sure enough the site of a Roman roadside posting station were found in Milland.
Look out for Milland Rural Fair which takes place in July each summer - for updated dates please see our calendar of fetes and festivals in West Sussex.
The famous Hollycombe Steam Collection, home of traction engines and a huge collection of working steam-driven machines is a couple of miles north east of the centre of Milland.
Milland Parish also contains two of the finest place names in West Sussex - names that have made me laugh since I read my first Ordnance Survey Map as a child - Shufflesheeps and Titty Hill. Childish I know, but.....
MILLAND VILLAGE INFORMATION
- East Harting
- East Marden
- North Marden
- South Harting
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath