Bury, West Sussex
St. John the Evangelist, Bury
Bury shown within West Sussex
|Area||13.15 km2 (5.08 sq mi) |
|Population||691  2001 Census|
|- Density||53 /km2 (140 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||45 miles (72 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Arundel and South Downs|
The villages of Bury and nearby West Burton are sited at the foot of the scarp slope of the South Downs, where springs from the chalk strata provided a constant supply of clean water. The Anglican parish church of St. John the Evangelist lies east of the village centre on the west bank of the River Arun. The church is dominated by a 12th Century tower with a cedar-shingled spire. There was formerly a passenger ferry by rowing boat to Amberley on the east bank.
There are many old houses in the village and a large modern village hall. There is one pub, the Squire and Horse, beside the A29 road. Bury House close to the pub was the home of author John Galsworthy for the final seven years of his life.
West Burton, across some fields to the west, is similar in size to Bury and has many interesting old houses.
The parish has a land area of 1315 hectares (3247 acres). In the 2001 census 691 people lived in 264 households, of whom 319 were economically active.
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