The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages nestled in the hills of the South Downs National Park and home to a thriving community. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its 8 small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. Video courtesy Alex at Hill Farm Productions, North Marden
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The Octagon contains eight uniquely beautiful churches, many of them several hundred years old, seven of which are open for public worship.
Lorraine at The Barley Mow, Walderton has very kindly agreed to our resuming our monthly Octagon Lunch. On Monday 17th May we should, subject to any last minute changes to Boris’s ‘Road Map’, be able to meet and eat indoors in a group of six. Lorraine has kindly agreed to so arrange her dining area, that we can have two Read more…
Nestled in the South Downs, Lordington Lavender was established in 2002 by local farmer Andrew Elms. After selling his dairy herd he was looking for a new way to diversify and decided that Lavender would be a unique and exciting alternative. The crop is grown with conservation of habitat and the environment very much in mind. No fertilizers or pesticides Read more…
The Stansted Park Farm Shop stocks the finest food and drink from over 100 Sussex and Hampshire artisan producers. With a full butchery counter of local game and meat, a deli brimming with homemade pastries, charcuterie and award-winning cheeses, it’s a spectacular destination to enjoy the food of the South Downs and Coast. Please see our website for the latest Read more…
A traditional Sussex country pub offering great quality home cooked pub food, superb service with local real ales and fine wines. For further information and current opening times, please visit our website Read more…
Set in the rolling South Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the picturesque village of Stoughton is the HARE & HOUNDS A privately owned free house the pub has been a focal point of the village since the nineteenth century, the pub retains a traditional feel in unspoilt surroundings and is featured in many guides as well as a starting Read more…
The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.