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Lyminster StMaryMagdalene NE.jpg
St Mary Magdalene parish church
Lyminster is located in West Sussex
Lyminster shown within West Sussex
Area 5.87 km2 (2.27 sq mi) [1]
Population 369 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ025047
• London 50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Lyminster and Crossbush
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Littlehampton
Postcode district BN17
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council
List of places
West Sussex
50°49′59″N 0°32′46″W / 50.833°N 0.546°W / 50.833; -0.546Coordinates: 50°49′59″N 0°32′46″W / 50.833°N 0.546°W / 50.833; -0.546

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 of England parish church of St Mary Magdalene is an 11th-century Saxon[3] building and a Grade I listed building, the highest grading in the national system.[4]


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.[5] John Warner and Sons of Cripplegate, London cast the third and fifth bells in 1887,[5] the year of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the tenor bell in 1950.[5]


Lyminster has a large pub, The Six Bells.[6]


According to the Hagiography of the Secgan Manuscript the village is the burial place of Saint Cuthflæd of Lyminster.[7][8]


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.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Area: Lyminster and Crossbush (Parish); Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 121.
  4. ^ "The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalen". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 12 October 1954. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c 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. 
  6. ^ The Six Bells, Lyminster
  7. ^ Stowe MS 944 Archived 2014-01-03 at, British Library
  8. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, Oxford University Press.

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