History and Architecture

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               St Michael's Church

The village is built along its original medieval street pattern, with winding lanes now lined primarily with 16th and 17th century houses. Today it is known for its many thatched cottages. 

The oldest building in Amberley is the 12th century church of St Michael. There was a church here possibly as early as the 7th century. That Saxon building was replaced by a later, Norman church around the year 1100.  Nearby is Amberley Castle, a hunting lodge and administrative centre built by the Bishop of Chichester, which is now a popular country house hotel.

More about Amberley’s development and industrial past, particularly the chalk quarry, can be seen at the Amberley Museum.

Local historian and author, Robert Hutchinson, has written a summary of the history of Amberley, which can be found on The Amberley Parish Council website.

Building Materials

The village is a blend of stone, brick, thatch, split flint, tile and timber.  The mix of materials work together seamlessly creating a timeless feel..

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  Rural Commerce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Bakery dates back to the 18th Century with the original stone walls still an integral part of the building. It was probably an outbuilding attached to an adjacent farm, and at the rear of the three buildings was a large fruit orchard which also housed a number of pigs.

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During the 18th and 19th centuries, chalk was quarried from Amberley and taken to the many lime kilns in the area. The trains which first opened in 1863 brought visitors and building materials.

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Amberley Then and Now

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The Square, from School Road

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Old Place, Church Street

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The Vine House, Church Street

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Rock Cottage, Church Street

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The White House, East Street

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Amberley Place, The Alley

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Rhiw, looking down Church Street to the wild brooks

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Perrily, now Pear Tree Cottage, Hog Lane

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Bishops, Church Street

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Pine Cottage, East Street

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Nailards, The Alley

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Kennards, Hog Lane

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North Street, now Hog Lane

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The Manse, Church Street

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The Chapel / The Pottery

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Ivy Cottage, Hog Lane

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The Laurels, The Square

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The Thatched House / Old Ale House, Hog Lane

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The Square

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Brook Green, Hog Lane
 

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Black Horse, corner of East Street

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Barn View, Church Street

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Amberley House, Church Street

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Stott's Cottage, now Stott's Corner, Church Street

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Brookside, Hog Lane

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Oak Tree Cottage, Church Street

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Wisteria Cottage, East Street