"The sweetest spot on earth" - William Blake (1757 – 1827). Felpham has, for a long time, been a holiday resort, but with more of a gentile nature, having a bowling green and tennis court dating back to the early 1900’s. Many of the houses in the area date from these times and were, and still are, holiday homes. Various periods over the years are represented in the many different styles of architecture - from quirky converted railway carriages to 30's Art Deco style buildings.
(Image from the Blake Archive)
The village centre is only a five minute walk away. Either stroll along the promenade or along the road past Blake’s Cottage (home of the celebrated English poet, painter, and printmaker from 1800 to 1804). There you will find a choice of village shops, restaurants, public houses, tea rooms, hairdressers, dentists, corner shop and a post office (with ATM) as well as a chemist. In the centre of the village lies St Mary’s church which dates back to 1086.
The local bus service from the village offers quick journeys into Bognor Regis and its railway station which is on the main line to London. Other buses take you to Chichester and Portsmouth in the west and to the east Worthing and Brighton.
From Willow Tree cottage one can walk along the promenade either west to Bognor Regis or east towards Littlehampton to enjoy a slightly wilder length of sea shore where one may observe, in its quieter moods, various seabirds in their natural habitat.