Funtington shown within West Sussex
|Area||20.02 km2 (7.73 sq mi) |
|Population||1,438  2001 Census|
|- Density||72 /km2 (190 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||54 miles (87 km) NE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Funtington is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies on the B2146 Road 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west of Chichester. The parish also contains the villages of East and West Ashling, West Stoke and the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve lies at its northern tip. There is a farm produce shop and a pub at the centre of the village. Funtington Primary School is in the village of West Ashling.
St. Mary’s Anglican church, dating from the 12th Century, is the principal church in the parish of Funtington and is becoming busier, particularly among the young.[according to whom?] There is a fast-growing choir and a local school holds special choir services. The building has been extended to provide a church room, funded by local benefactors and parish money-raising events. St. Andrew's church at West Stoke is of Saxon origin. The chapel of St. Mary’s at Sennicotts lies about two miles (3 km) to the east, off the Chichester road. The clocktrust make use of the other chapel, on chapel corner. This was a congregational chapel and made from the blocks from the Chichester Cathedral spire, which fell down in 1850.
Kingley Vale lies on the border of the parish which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a national nature reserve. It is noted for its Yew woodlands. The site is also known for its archaeological interest including Bronze Age and Roman earthworks, cross dykes, a camp and a field system. Admiral Provo Wallis, one of the longest serving admirals in the British Royal Navy, is buried in the Funtington church yard.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
- OS Explorer map 120: Chichester, South Harting and Selsey Scale: 1:25 000. Publisher:Ordnance Survey – Southampton B2 edition. Publishing Date:2009. ISBN 978 0319240793
- Funtington Churches
- SSSI Citation — Kingley Vale (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
- Old Salt Indeed: The Amazing Career of Lieutenant Provo Wallis of HMS Shannon
Media related to Funtington at Wikimedia Commons