About a mile from the church, set in a picturesque fold in the downs, is Tappington Hall. This beautiful Jacobean farmhouse is the former family home of Richard Harris Barham, better known as Thomas Ingoldsby the author of the "Ingoldsby Legends." The most famous of the Legends, "The Spectre of Tappington" clearly refers to the farm here, and tells of a former owner - a Bad Sir Giles - who welcomed a stranger who disputed the ownership of the house. Following an evening of feasting and drinking, the stranger retired to his bed and was found in the morning "a swollen and blackened corpse." Considering the nature of many of the Legends, and the church in its lonely copse, it seems somehow appropriate that the two buildings are virtually neighbours. As Syms succinctly put it, (here is) "a church and setting that cry out for a ghost story." Absolutely!