Ford, West Sussex
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St. Andrew by the ford
Ford shown within West Sussex
|Area||4.15 km2 (1.60 sq mi) |
|Population||1,358  2001 Census|
|- Density||327 /km2 (850 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||51 miles (82 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|
Ford is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is about 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Arundel. The civil parish, roughly triangular in shape, covers 415 hectares (1,030 acres) and had a population of 1,358 according to the 2001 census.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Andrew-by-the-Ford is near the River Arun, surrounded by a walled churchyard entered through a wrought iron gate. The Saxon church was built in about 1040, and substantially rebuilt by the Normans with a surviving early 12th-century Norman chancel arch with carved decoration. There are Saxon and Norman lancet windows in the north wall of the nave, which survives from the original building. Over a north door in this wall, which leads to a vestry, there are fragments of Anglo-Saxon interlaced carving. The Decorated Gothic east window dates from about 1320 and the Perpendicular Gothic west window dates from about 1420. The brick-built Jacobean south porch is from about 1640 and has a pedimented Dutch gable. The wooden bell-turret, painted white as a navigational landmark for ships, has two bells, the smaller of which was cast by Robert Rider, who is known to have worked 1351 and 1386. The font, carved from a square limestone block, may be Saxon or Norman and stands on a modern Bath Stone plinth.
In 2008 Ford was shortlisted on the government's "Eco Town" plan. The Ford site is identified as the general location for a new settlement in the sub-regional county plan as well as the draft South East England Regional Spatial Strategy. In a public consultation to Arun District Council's core strategy issues and options, as part of the new local development framework, Ford is the preferred location for a new settlement from respondents. Arun District Council is currently[when?] holding an inquiry into the suitability of the location as part of its response to the Government consultation documents.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (.pdf). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland
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