Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Hayling Island Hampshire, is situated between Langstone and Chichester harbours, and is joined to the mainland by road from Langstone. It is a very small island, only 10 square miles and about 4 miles long, but its history, as the old earthwork shows, stretches back centuries.
William the Conqueror gave Hayling Island to the Abbey of Jumièges, in Normandy, but the priory then built was destroyed by storms in the 14th century. Although later rebuilt, it was suppressed in the 15th century.
The island, ringed by sandy beaches, is completely flat, with woods to the centre and the north which are the quieter parts. Hayling North was completely burnt down in the 18th century except for the Early English church, which also escaped renovation in the 19th century. The timber-front porch is 15th century, the font 13th century, and the poppyhead pews 14th century. The churchyard is full of late-l8th-century and early-l9th-century tombstones. One shows a wheatsheaf, another a sorrowing couple, and a third has this sad little rhyme:
Ye Virgins fair, your fading charms survey
She was what'er your tender hearts can say,
Let opening roses, drooping lilies, tell,
Like these she bloomed, and ah!, like these she fell.
Hayling South is the busier village, and bungalows radiate outwards to Mengham and West Town. There was some development here in the 19th century, and part of a grandly planned crescent remains. The church, which is large and beautiful, is one of the best examples of Early English style in this district. The east chancel window has good l9th-century glass, and there is an Anglo-Saxon basin on show.
Nearby cities: Chichester, Portsmouth
Nearby towns: Emsworth, Havant, Selsey
Nearby villages: Bedhampton, Cosham, East Wittering, Eastney, Farlington, Funtington, Hilsea, Langstone, North Hayling, Rowlands Castle, South Hayling, Southsea, Waterlooville, West Itchenor, West Thorney, West Wittering, Westbourne
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation