Our community

The Octagon is far more than eight historic churches. The parish is on the edge of the South Downs National Park, and contains ten villages, a historic house, an eighteenth-century folly, and two groups of Bronze Age barrows; Bevis’ Thumb and The Devil’s Humps.

The Octagon is crossed by the Monarch’s Way an incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.

Schools and businesses

There are two schools in the parish Compton and Up Marden CE Primary School and Littlegreen School.

The only village shop in the Octagon is the Compton Village Shop. For treats, you can visit the Stansted Farm Shop or order goods from Sudzfun or Lordington Lavender. You can actually visit the lavender field at the beginning of July. For beautiful flower arrangements that are a little bit different, contact Farmyard Flowers. If you have too many books in your house, or you would like something to read, there is a Second-Hand Bookshop inside Stansted Garden Centre.

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Other Services

There is a Post Office in the Coach and Horses, Compton on Fridays from 12.30 to 2.30 pm. The Octagon is served by a milkman and the No 54 bus. Sadly, the travelling library failed its MOT and is no longer on the road.

There are pubs in:

If you are planning a pub-crawl, there are also pubs in Hooks WayRowlands Castle and Finchdean, just outside the Octagon. For lunch and tea, try the Pavilion Tearoom at Stansted or the Village shop and Tearoom in Compton. For somewhere to stay, why not try Lordington House or West Marden Farm?

Our Churches

The Octagon contains eight uniquely beautiful churches, many of them several hundred years old, seven of which are open for public worship.

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