Coombes parish church
|Coombes shown within West Sussex|
|Area||2.03 sq mi (5.3 km2) |
|Population||51 (2001 Census)|
|• Density||25/sq mi (9.7/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||45 miles (72 km) N|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Coombes Church is an 11th-century Church of England parish church that has lost its dedication. It has some of the most important medieval wall paintings in England, which were painted c. 1100. There is a single church bell that weighs about 77 pounds (35 kg) and was probably cast in Normandy. It is one of the oldest bells in Sussex, dated to c. 1150. The church is roofed with Horsham Stone slabs.
The civil parish has an area of 525.81 hectares (1,299 acres) and has a parish meeting rather than a parish council. The 2001 Census recorded a population of 51 people living in 22 households of whom 23 were economically active. At the 2011 Census the population was included in the civil parish of Lancing.
Church Farm is next to the parish church and Applesham Farm is about 0.6 miles (1 km) to the south.
- Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). Sussex. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 113. ISBN 0-14-071028-0.
- Hudson, T.P. (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Currie, C.R.J.; Elrington, C.R.; Keeling, S.M.; Rowland, A.M. (1980). A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1: Bramber Rape (Southern Part). Victoria County History. pp. 215–219.
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