While Tangmere dates back to Saxon times, the village is best known today for the vital part it played in the Second World War. Airmen from RAF Tangmere, commanded by the legendary Douglas Bader, played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain. The history is kept alive in the Tangmere Aviation Museum, just yards from Bader Heights, while the airfields are now used for cultivating peppers and aubergines.
The development is less than half a mile from the A27, and Stagecoach service 99a buses from Petworth pass along nearby Meadow Way approximately every 20 minutes, reaching Chichester city centre in 25 minutes. Trains from Chichester station run to Brighton, Southampton and London Victoria, a journey of just over an hour and a half.
Leisure & Recreation
As well as offering easy access to Chichester’s many attractions, including the Festival Theatre, galleries and cinemas, Tangmere is close to some magnificent outdoor amenities including the vast South Downs National Park. Goodwood Golf Course is around two miles away, and the Motorsports Circuit and Racecourse are both within a short drive. The attractions of Bognor Regis, around seven miles away, include some of the fine beaches that stretch along the coast as far as West Wittering and Bracklesham Bay. Closer to home, the hall at the Tangmere Village Centre is used by a wide range of community clubs and local organisations.
The local One-Stop convenience store in Tangmere Road, approximately 300 yards from Bader Heights, incorporates a Post Office and an autoteller machine. There is also a Co-op food store in nearby Malcolm Road and a Sainsbury’s supermarket around two and a half miles away. Chichester, three miles away, offers an enormous choice of high street names, independent boutiques and speciality shops in a lively, historic environment.
Textiles can be recycled at the Village Centre in Malcolm Road and there are recycling facilities for glass, electronic equipment, paper, cardboard and most other household waste at Westhampnett, two and a half miles away.
Education & Health
The village primary school, Tangmere Academy, is set in spacious grounds less than half a mile from the development, with a swimming pool, a pond and an orchard. The nursery classes take children from age three and there is a private nursery school, Willowdene, a few minutes walk away. There is a second primary school in Boxgrove, within around fifteen minutes walk. For secondary education, pupils normally move to Chichester High where there are separate girls and boys schools, or to Bishop Luffa School, also in Chichester. Tangmere Medical Centre, which provides GP services for the village, shares its modern, purpose-built accommodation with a dispensary and a dental surgery.