Staplefield

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Coordinates: 51°02′24″N 0°10′55″W / 51.04°N 0.182°W / 51.04; -0.182

Staplefield
Staplefield Church.JPG
St. Mark's Church
Staplefield is located in West Sussex
Staplefield
Staplefield
 Staplefield shown within West Sussex
Population Approx 440[1][2]
OS grid reference TQ276281
Civil parish Ansty and Staplefield
District Mid Sussex
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Mid Sussex
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Staplefield is a village in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north west of Haywards Heath on the B2114 road. It is part of Ansty and Staplefield civil parish.

The Anglican parish church built in 1847 is dedicated to St. Mark and contains important wall paintings by the Victorian stain glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe. In 1994, Reverend Anthony Freeman, Vicar of St. Mark's was sacked by the Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, when he famously claimed that he didn't believe in God[3] and published his book "God in Us: A Case for Christian Humanism". He is currently managing editor of The Journal of Consciousness Studies.

The village also has a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.

There are two pubs, the Jolly Tanners and the Victory Inn, the latter is named after the legal victory in gaining permission to be a pub not after Horatio Nelson's flagship, Victory, despite his favourite sister, Catherine Matcham, living in nearby Slaugham. The pub sign shows a picture of a judge and a document inside the pub shows details of the case. There is also a red park next to the pubs. The pubs are adjacent to the large village green and cricket pitch.

Part of the wood of Nymans, a National Trust property, lies in Staplefield though the main garden is in Handcross.

Baron Saatchi lives in Staplefield.

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