Barpham, West Sussex :: Shared Description

Not to be confused with neighbouring Burpham, Barpham, sometimes known as Bargeham and pronounced as Barffham, is a former medieval downland parish that existed from about the 11th century until it was dissolved and added to the parish of Angmering in the early 16th. The original parish was bounded by Burpham to the west, Rackham to the north west, Storrington to the north east, a detached portion of Clapham containing Lee Farm and another surrounding Michelgrove to the east, and Angmering to the south.

The original village seems to have been split into two parts, the church and manor were located on Barpham Hill whilst the rest of the village was in the valley below. Excavations on the church have revealed that it dates from the Saxon period and had been extended in four different phases up to the 14th century. By that time the village had fallen in decline, taxation documents of 1296 and 1327 reveal a drop in the number of those paying taxes suggesting depopulation was already taking place most likely due to the agricultural shift away from arable to the less labour intensive sheep farming resulting in the local peasants heading south to the coastal plain to look for work. The arrival of the Black Death in 1348 finished the village off. The church subsequently fell into decay and was probably long gone when it was finally decommissioned in 1523.

Upper Barpham Farm has most likely been built on the site of the former manor and dates from the 16th century whilst the church originally lay in a field to the north called Chapel Croft and nothing remains except some very uneven ground. Lower Barpham lies next to the site of the medieval village whose earthworks are still visible in the adjacent field to the west.

"Angmering" in Victoria County History: A History of Sussex Vol. V part 2 (2009)
Peter Brandon - The South Downs (Phillimore, 2002)
John Vigar - The Deserted Villages of Sussex (Dovecote, 1994)
Martin B Snow - Barpham (2010) LinkExternal link
RW Standing - "barpham" from Angmering Village History (2005) LinkExternal link
A Barr Hamilton - "Bargeham Church" (SAC 1964) reprinted in LinkExternal link
by Simon Carey
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TQ0609 : The Green (Site of the Deserted Village of Barpham) by Simon Carey
TQ0711 : Tramlines across the Wheat by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Trig Point S4001, Barpham Hill by Simon Carey
TQ0608 : Barn Field and Cottage Field by Simon Carey
TQ0709 : Ox Pasture/Eleven Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Bridleway, Barpham Hill by Simon Carey
TQ0708 : Oaken Copse by Simon Carey
TQ0709 : Lower Barpham by Simon Carey
TQ0611 : Forty Two Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0710 : Thirty Five Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0611 : Thornwick Field/Forty two Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0608 : Upper Oldfield Copse by Simon Carey
TQ0507 : Bridleway, Lower Oldfield Copse by Simon Carey
TQ0610 : Thornwick Copse by Simon Carey
TQ0708 : Bridleway to Barpham Hill by Simon Carey
TQ0608 : Site of Barpham Church by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Hill Field by Simon Carey
TQ0610 : Coppice Field/Forty Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0608 : Well Field by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Seventeen Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Old Chalk Pit, Barpham Hill by Simon Carey
TQ0710 : Sainfoin Field/Nineteen Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0608 : Lower Cow Field by Simon Carey
TQ0711 : Thirty Six Acres/Upper Forty Acres by Simon Carey
TQ0609 : Bridleway, Barpham Hill by Simon Carey

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