Shipley is largely agricultural and many of its residents, in Shipley and Coolham villages and the hamlets of Dragon`s Green and Brooks Green, have chosen the parish as the perfect place to live in retirement.
It is best known for its unique smock windmill, once owned by poet Hilaire Belloc, who lived nearby at Kingsland. East of the village of Shipley is Knep Castle, built in 1809, destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1904.
Motorists passing along the A24 to the east can glimpse the remains of an 11th century Norman keep. Nearby is Knepp Mill Pond, the largest stretch of inland water in Sussex.
There is an early Norman, dedicated in 1085, church of St Mary The Virgin, built as a Knights Templar priory church.
3150 hectares supports a population of 1100.
With grateful thanks to West Sussex Newspapers Ltd for the use of these notes from their Horsham District Citizens Guide.