Monk's Gate

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Monk's Gate
Saxtons Farm, Monks Gate, West Sussex - - 86107.jpg
Saxtons Farm, Monks Gate
Monk's Gate is located in West Sussex
Monk's Gate
Monk's Gate
Location within West Sussex
OS grid referenceTQ202276
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°02′07″N 0°17′09″W / 51.03519°N 0.28579°W / 51.03519; -0.28579Coordinates: 51°02′07″N 0°17′09″W / 51.03519°N 0.28579°W / 51.03519; -0.28579

Monk's Gate is a hamlet in the civil parish of Nuthurst, in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It lies on the A281 road 3 miles (5 km) southeast from Horsham.

Hymn tune[edit]

Although it is a tiny settlement, its name is well known around the world as a popular hymn tune in 65 65 66 65 metre to the hymn To be a pilgrim.

When Ralph Vaughan Williams was commissioned at the start of the 20th century to edit a new hymnal as an alternative to Hymns Ancient and Modern, he set John Bunyan's hymn, in an adaptation by Percy Dearmer, to his own adaptation of the tune of an English folk song Valiant or Welcome Sailor which he had collected from Mrs Harriet Verrall of Monk's Gate.[1] Mrs Verrall was also the source of a widely used tune for the carol "On Christmas night all Christians sing", with her version thereafter being called the Sussex Carol.[2]


  1. ^ "Our Captain Cried All Hands". 26 May 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  2. ^ On Christmas Night,

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