Thakeham is a parish and village both ancient and modern, lying to the east of West Chiltington and to the north of Sullington.
The modern part has a recreation ground and a new village hall, and is home to a commercial mushroom growing complex.
The ancient part is in Thakeham Street, half a mile away, with church, rectory, school, pub, manor and many different well kept homes.
St Mary`s church is thirteenth century standing in a commanding position in the village.
Thakeham parish is remarkable for its narrow width and great length, stretching from and including the Rydon Intermediate School at its southern extremity to the famous Blue Idol,
a Friend`s Meeting House built in the 17th century, and converted in his day by William Penn, the quaker founder of the American Commonwhealth of Pennsylvania in 1691.
An area of just over 1000 hectares supports a population of 1615.
With grateful thanks to West Sussex Newspapers Ltd for the use of these notes from their Horsham District Citizens Guide.