The Parish of Milland
The broad, open but secluded sweep of the Milland Valley is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, an arm of the Sussex Weald in the north-western corner of the county on its borders with Hampshire. The Valley is sheltered from the north by the woodland hangers of Milland Hill and bounded on the east by Iron Hill, to the south by the line of Telegraph Hill, Titty Hill and Stubb Hill and to the south west by the hills around Borden Wood. There are strikingly beautiful approaches to the area from these hills and also through Harting Combe which, though several miles north of the downland Harting villages, was once linked with them as a hunting outpost of the old Uppark estate.
Most of the Valley is within the civil parish of Milland, which in its entirety encompasses an area of more than 9 square miles, including most of the 250-acre Chapel Common on the northern side of the old London/Portsmouth Road above Milland Hill. The population of the parish is a little more than a thousand people which gives a density of one person to every six acres of land. In terms of land area, it is one of the largest rural parishes in the Chichester District.
The parish incudes several widely scattered hamlets and farms and it takes in the luxuries of Forest Mere Hydro and Liphook Golf Club to the north, the pleasant colony of Wheatsheaf Enclosure to the north east, the tine and delightful “village” of Boden Wood to the south west, the striking skyline of Dunner Hill to the south east and the farms of Great Trippetts and New Barn to the west and Northend and Slathurst to the east.
Old Milland was up on the north hill towards the B2070 old London/Portsmouth Road but the village centre is now down in the Valley in what used to be known as Milland Marsh, at the crossroads where the Roman road from Iping to the hangers of Maysleith and hatch meets the lane which runs the length of the Valley from Harting Combe to Northend Farm and on towards Fernhurst.