East Dean, West Sussex

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East Dean
East Dean pond.JPG
East Dean pond
East Dean is located in West Sussex
East Dean
East Dean
 East Dean shown within West Sussex
Area  16.64 km2 (6.42 sq mi) [1]
Population 217 [1] 2001 Census
   – density  13/km2 (34/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU903129
   – London  48 miles (77 km) NNE 
Civil parish East Dean
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHICHESTER
Postcode district PO18
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
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Coordinates: 50°54′31″N 0°43′01″W / 50.90853°N 0.71689°W / 50.90853; -0.71689

East Dean is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located nine kilometres (6 miles) north east of Chichester on a narrow road between Singleton on the A286 and Upwaltham on the A285 road.

The village set in a valley in the South Downs has an Anglican parish church dedicated to All Saints, and a Nonconformist chapel. The village hall was formerly the school and bears the date 1782. There is one pub, The Star and Garter.

The church, the pub and most of the houses are built of flint, usually with brick quoins and window dressings. A fire in 1852 destroyed eight houses and several barns, leaving others damaged. Slate roofs replaced the thatch on some of these.

The pond is considered to be the source of the River Lavant. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath crosses the parish on the downs to the south of the village.

The parish has a land area of 1663.5 hectares (4109 acres). In the 2001 census 217 people lived in 102 households, of whom 107 were economically active.

Notable residents[edit]

East Dean church

The playwright Christopher Fry lived in the village[2] in later life and died in Chichester on 30 June 2005 from natural causes.

History[edit]

Flint tools from the stone age can often be found on the downs and there are a number of British Bronze Age round barrows in the parish. The outline of Celtic field systems can still be seen on Court Hill north of the village. Roman pottery and coins have been found near the village.

Sports[edit]

East Dean have a football team, founded in 1880, that plays in the West Sussex premier league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Interview with Christopher Fry

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