The same might be said of the fabulous church of St Mary at North Marden.
St Mary's Church is tucked away behind trees and a half derelict farmyard at the end of a flinty track. The church is exceptional though.
It dates from the late 12th century and is notable for being one of a small number of Sussex churches which have a semi circular chancel - the technical term for this is an aspidal. It is thought that churches were built in this style because of the absence of good quality local stone - flint rubble was the most suitable building material.
Part of North Marden church was built out of good quality Caen stone shipped over from France, including the Norman south doorway which has very attractive saw-tooth mouldings.
In the days before the car became commonplace North Marden had a school, post office and butchers shops as well as a cricket team and social club. Now it's as sleepy as can be.
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath