St. Mark's Church
Staplefield shown within West Sussex
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|Civil parish||Ansty and Staplefield|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Mid Sussex|
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 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.
Baron Saatchi lives in Staplefield.
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