Historic villages of Barnham and Eastergate with churches mentioned in the Domesday book

Thursday, 13th September 2018, 10:52 am
Updated Thursday, 13th September 2018, 12:00 pm

As two of the Six Villages set mid-way Chichester, Bognor Regis and Arundel, Barnham and Eastergate not only enjoy semi-rural surroundings but also contain fascinating traces of the past.

Susie Randall of Stride & Son, Chichester, said both Barnham and Eastergate feature churches mentioned in the Domesday book, plus popular village primary schools, a number of historic period properties and two popular pubs, The Wilkes Head in Eastergate, dating back to the 1800s, and Barnham’s Murrell Arms, once a Georgian farmhouse.

Susie said: “The team at Stride and Son Chichester has over the years sold many properties in this area.

“These two villages prove popular places to live with all sectors of the community, from first-time buyers and young families to retirement age, with several of the larger houses having been converted into residential care homes and flats.

Eastergate is easily accessed from the A27 past Fontwell Racecourse and has a local village store and Post Office.

Highlights include the village war memorial, a village green with children’s play area, clubhouse and field – played on by the Eastergate cricket team – and the memorial village hall, hosting many community events.

Susie said the route between Eastergate and Barnham features older houses and bungalows in good-sized plots.

Barnham itself was once surrounded by orchards, market gardens and nurseries: “Over the years, these have been developed to offer a selection of properties from one-bedroom retirement apartments at around £100,000, first-time buyer flats and small houses, terraced two to three-bedroom houses, detached houses, bungalows and chalets of differing styles and prices – something to suit everyone.”

Barnham includes a shopping parade, newly-constructed village hall and recreation field, as well as a railway station on routes to London Victoria, Portsmouth and Brighton.

While its cattle market, founded in 1890 and run by Stride & Son as one of the most important markets in Sussex for cattle and cereals, is long gone, the 1829 windmill has survived – now restored and converted into residential accommodation.