Cocking, West Sussex

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Cocking village centre
Cocking is located in West Sussex
 Cocking shown within West Sussex
Area  10.16 km2 (3.92 sq mi) [1]
Population 459 [1] 2001 Census
   – density  45/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU878176
   – London  47 miles (76 km) NE 
Civil parish Cocking
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MIDHURST
Postcode district GU29
Dialling code 01730
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°57′05″N 0°45′03″W / 50.9513°N 0.75095°W / 50.9513; -0.75095

Cocking is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. The village is about three miles (5 km) south of Midhurst on the main A286 road to Chichester.

In the 2001 census there were 190 households with a total population of 459 of whom 223 were economically active.

History and notable buildings[edit]

The 11th century[2] Anglican parish church had no known dedication until 2007 when it was dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena.[3]

In the centre of the village, on the corner of Mill Lane stands the old school, which is now a private residence. This was built in 1870 to the designs of architects Richard Carpenter and William Slater. The school has Gothic-style windows and door arches, is faced in flint with a red tiled roof and decorative barge-boards to the gables. The former schoolmaster's house has a distinctive chimney-stack with four outlets.[4]

To the south of the village are the remains of Cocking Lime Works, abandoned in 1999, and the associated chalk pit,[5] while to the north are a few traces of the Chorley Iron Foundry, which cast the waterwheels now at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum[6] and at the Coultershaw Beam Pump.[7]

There still remain in the village some houses of 17th century origin. In 1931 the population of the village was 431. [8]

There was a Richard Cobden pub in Cocking which closed and became a private residence in the 20th century.[9][10] Cobden lived in nearby Heyshott.


A railway once used to serve the area at Cocking Station, on the Chichester to Midhurst line opened in 1880, but was completely closed from 1953. The village is on the Stagecoach South No.60 bus route which runs from Midhurst to Chichester.


A number of buildings in the village belong to the Cowdray Estate, distinguished by their external woodwork painted yellow.[11]

The remaining village pub, formerly The Blue Bell, became a restaurant with accommodation called The Bluebell Inn, and stands on the corner of Bell Lane.

Cocking is on the South Downs Way walking route. [12]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cocking Church". List Entry. English Heritage. 1 February 1996. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ancient church is given a name - after 900 years". Chichester Observer. 11 April 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Roland (2007). What The Victorians Did For Sussex. Snake River Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-1906022044. 
  5. ^ Martin, Ron (2003). "Cocking Lime Works" (PDF). Sussex Industrial History. Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society. 
  6. ^ "Watermill from Lurgashall". The Buildings. Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Coultershaw Beam Pump". Sussex Mills Group. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "British History Online: Cocking". Retrieved 28 Jan 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gravelroots: Old photographs of Cocking". Retrieved 28 Jan 2014. 
  10. ^ Rothwell, David (2006). Dictionary of Pub Names. Wordsworth Reference Series. p. 325. 
  11. ^ "Midhurst Tourist Guide: Cowdray Park". Retrieved 28 Jan 2014. 
  12. ^ "The South Downs Way: Amberley to Cocking". Retrieved 28 Jan 2014. 

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