Aldingbourne

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Aldingbourne
Aldingbourne st mary.jpg
Church of St. Mary
Aldingbourne is located in West Sussex
Aldingbourne
Aldingbourne
 Aldingbourne shown within West Sussex
Area  12.53 km2 (4.84 sq mi) [1]
Population 3,819 (Civil Parish)[2]
   – density  305 /km2 (790 /sq mi)
OS grid reference SU923054
   – London  52 miles (84 km) NNE 
Civil parish Aldingbourne
District Arun
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHICHESTER
Postcode district PO20
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Arundel and South Downs
List of places
UK
England
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°50′29″N 0°41′23″W / 50.8413°N 0.6897°W / 50.8413; -0.6897

Aldingbourne is a mixed rural and residential civil parish in the Arun district of West Sussex, England. It is centred 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Bognor Regis and 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Chichester.

The parish, named for the small village of Aldingbourne, also contains the much larger settlement of Westergate, as well as smaller settlements Norton, Nyton, Woodgate and Lidsey.

Geography[edit]

The developed south and east of the parish is on fertile soil 7-15 metres above sea level, whereas north of the A27 road at the foot of the South Downs National Park the land reaches 37 metres in altitude. Eartham is the neighbouring parish to the north which reaches 223m above sea level on the wooded escarpment which is visible from some second storeys and looking up lanes of Aldingbourne.

History[edit]

First documented in 683AD as Aldingburne, then 200 years later as Ealdingburnan, the name describes a stream or bourne (now known as Aldingbourne Rife) belonging to Ealda, a Saxon settler.[3]

The Anglican parish church is named St. Mary. According to Sussex Notes and Queries, the history of the church building "is not clear". Different parts of the church date from both the twelfth and thirteenth century, with the chancel having been built in the thirteenth century. Later additions include a porch dating from the seventeenth century and an organ chamber that was "wholly modern" in 1944.[4]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture occupies most of the land use and is a major employer. Other key industries include food and hospitality, general retail, the public sector, care, science and automotive-related careers.[5]

Education[edit]

Ormiston Six Villages Academy is the main secondary school for the parish and surrounding area. It was formerly called Westergate Community School.

Sports[edit]

The parish is home to Fontwell Park Racecourse, a venue in horse racing and Denmans Gardens which specialises in exotic and unusual plants. Fontwell Park has a compact figure-of-eight chase course and an oval hurdles course.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  3. ^ Glover, Judith (1997). Sussex Place Names: Their Origins and Meanings. Countryside Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5. 
  4. ^ Sussex Notes and Queries, Vol. 10, Number 1, February 1944, p. 2
  5. ^ "About Aldingbourne". Aldingbourne. Arun District Council. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 

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