‘A country gem from a gentler era’
The setting of this 13th Century church – overlooked by Chanctonbury Ring, an Iron Age hill fort on the South Downs – is lovely enough to warrant a day out, but the building itself surpasses all expectations. The unspoilt 18th-century interior includes silvery oak pews, an uneven flagstone floor, and a curved brace roof. There are lovely local memorials and a sweetly arched wooden screen. Look for the clerk’s chair – it suggests that one of the old parish of officials was very well fed.
Church Park Lane, Warminghurst, Ashington RH20 3AW Northern end of main street in Ashington village off A24 Nearest railway station: Pulborough (5 miles)
Usually open daily, 10am-4pm; at other times keyholder nearby