St Mary Magdalene parish church
|Lyminster shown within West Sussex|
|Area||5.87 km2 (2.27 sq mi) |
|Population||369 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||50 miles (80 km) NNE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council|
Lyminster is a village that is the main settlement of Lyminster and Crossbush civil parish, in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It borders, to the south, Littlehampton, which has its town centre 2 miles (3 km) away.
The church has a ring of six bells. Lester and Pack of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the treble, second and fourth bells in 1759. John Warner and Sons of Cripplegate, London cast the third and fifth bells in 1887, the year of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the tenor bell in 1950.
Just to the north of the village is a knuckerhole which, according to legend, was home to a dragon, the Knucker. The church contains a tombstone called the Slayer's Slab, supposed to be from the tomb of the dragonslayer.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
- "Area: Lyminster and Crossbush (Parish); Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 121.
- "The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalen". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 12 October 1954. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Rix, Geoff (6 July 2012). "Lyminster S Mary Magd". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- The Six Bells, Lyminster
- Stowe MS 944, British Library
- The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, Oxford University Press.
Sources and further reading
- Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). Sussex. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 267–268. ISBN 0-14-071028-0.
- Page, William, ed. (1973). A History of the County of Sussex. Victoria County History. 2. p. 121.
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