Bignor


Bignor

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Bignor
latitude= 50.92293
longitude= -0.6013
population = 103 (2001)
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county = West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Arundel and South Downs
post_town= PULBOROUGH
postcode_district = RH20
postcode_area= RH
dial_code= 01798
os_grid_reference= SU984146

Bignor is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of the English county of West Sussex, about six miles north of Arundel.

The nearest railway station is 3.3 miles (5.4km) southeast of the village, at Amberley.

The village is next to the line of Stane Street, an important Roman road ,where it acends the escarpment of the South Downs. The church of the Holy Cross is a largely 13th century structure.

The area of the parish is 470.9 hectares (1163 acres). According to the 2001 census Bignor had a population of 103 people living in 43 households.

Roman villa

The village is most famous for the Roman villa excavated there which has been open to the public since 1815. The villa contains some of the finest and best preserved Roman mosaics in England.

Bignor Manor House

During World War II Bignor Manor House was the rented family home of Major Anthony Bertram who was working for military intelligence with French resistance agents. He volunteered to use the manor house as a secret forward base for members of the resistance who were waiting to be flown by light aircraft to France on moonlit nights from Tangmere air base. His wife Barbara would look after the agents and carry out final checks on clothing and equipment to ensure that everything they had was consistent with being French. Agents returning from France would be taken there for food, rest and initial debriefing [Barbara Bertram, "French Resistance in Sussex" 1988, Barnworks Publishing ISBN: 1-899174-01-X] .

References

External links

* [http://www.pyrrha.demon.co.uk/mbignor1.html Pyrrha's Roman Pages: Bignor Villa]
* [http://www.bignorromanvilla.co.uk Official Website for Bignor Roman Villa (Under construction - 15/03/07)]
* [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/venue.php?V=4788 Holy Cross Church]


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