Slindon is a mostly rural village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, containing a developed nucleus amid woodland. Much of Slindon’s woodland belongs to the National Trust on the southern edge of the escarpment of the South Downs National Park. Slindon is centred 6 miles (9.7 km) north-east of Chichester.
History of Slindon
The village is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Eslindone”, the name having the probable meaning in Old English of “sloping hill”.
St Mary’s 12th-century parish church contains a memorial to Stephen Langton (c1150–1228), the Archbishop of Canterbury who attended the signing of Magna Carta.
In the Middle Ages Slindon House (now Slindon College) was the site of one of the Archbishop’s residences. In 1330 Thomas de Natindon, who was a legal representative of the Pope, was sent there to serve a writ on the archbishop. His party were not well received by the archbishop’s servants who stripped and bound them, then threw cold water over them, apparently with the archbishop’s consent. Natindon escaped revenge and was pursued over the hills to Petworth where he was caught and held in prison for three days.
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