This is a village resting in the Chichester district, based 3 miles away from the City. Starting out as a quiet, attractive village in the shadows of the Downs, Tangmere was originally a peaceful quiet place. Then the RAF decided it was a perfect place to build an airfield, and now the village is cemented in history, as it was vital to the defence of the South Coast during the Second World War.
The origin of it’s name is not too clear; ‘Tang’ is thought to meant ‘tongs’ or ‘serpents tongue’ and ‘mere’ means ‘pool’. It is thought the village was once a pool at the fork of two ancient paths. So the village green in the centre of Tangmere used to be a pool, but got filled up.