Shipley - home of Belloc and the King's Mill
But Shipley Mill's association with West Sussex writer Hilaire Belloc (and to a lesser exent with TV's mop-haired super sleuth Jonathan Creek) has done more than anything to put the village on the map.
Belloc bought King's Land in 1906 and fell in love with the house, surrounding land and above all windmill which made up this idyllic corner of the Sussex Weald.
The Mill goes by several names - Belloc's Mill, Vincent's Mill (named after the miller Richard Vincent) and King's Mill, but the best name is that which Belloc called her - Mrs Shipley.
Shipley is a lovely peaceful village cut off from the main hustle and bustle of traffic, even though it's not too far from the busy A24 and A272 roads.
The village is also the near the Knepp Castle Estate and a walk around Shipley village, the castle estate and this part of the Adur Valley is highly recommended.
Map of the Shipley area
- Dial Post
- Knepp Castle Estate history and conservation projects
- Hilaire Belloc and other famous West Sussex writers
- West Grinstead
- Partridge Green
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath