St. Peter's parish church
|Area||16.95 km2 (6.54 sq mi) |
|Population||1,647 (2001 census)|
2,055 (2011 Census)
|• Density||97/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||45 miles (72 km) NNE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|Website||Slinfold Parish Council|
Alfoldean, Slinfold, West Sussex subject of a dig by archaeological television programme Time Team in 2006, the site of one of a probable four mansiones on the route of Stane Street between London and Chichester.
There has been a house at Dedisham, 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of the village, since at least 1271, when Henry III granted the then occupier a licence to crenellate the manor house then on the site. The present house on the site appears to date from the 16th or 17th century. During the English Civil War the Parliamentarian commander Sir William Waller sacked a house on this site in 1643.
Slinfold railway station on the Cranleigh Line was opened in 1865 and closed in 1965. The trackbed of the line now forms part of the Downs Link Bridleway. The route of the former Roman road linking London and Chichester passes through the parish  and a Roman posting station existed at Alfoldean. In 1848 it was recorded that Roman swords and brass ornaments had been found in the parish.
Slinfold has a village shop and Post Office, a primary school and pre-school, a recreation ground, a village hall and one public house, the Red Lyon. Where Slinfold Railway station used to be is now a Caravan Club site.
Church and chapel
The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter was designed by the Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey in a late 13th-century style and built in 1861 on the site of the original medieval parish church.
It is said that there is a boggy hollow near Slinfold which contains a sunken bell. Long ago some villagers, hoping to retrieve the bell, sought the advice of a witch. She told them that it could only be retrieved by 12 white oxen, at midnight. The oxen were used, but one villager broke the witch's instructions by speaking, and the bell sank back into the bog.
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- The Red Lyon
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