Patching shown within West Sussex
|Area||8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi) |
|Population||230  2001 Census|
|- Density||27 /km2 (70 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||48 miles (77 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|
Patching is a small village and civil parish that lies amidst the fields and woods of the southern slopes of the South Downs in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It has a history going back to before the Domesday survey of 1087. It is located four miles (6.4 km) to the east of Arundel, to the north of the A27 road. The civil parish covers an area of 846.12 hectares (2,091 acres) and has a population of 230 persons (2001 census).
In the centre of the village is the 13th century Church of St John the Divine, restored in 1888. Above the village on the South Downs are groups of neolithic flint mines, represented by slight hollows and mounds.
Michelgrove Park, once the site of a great house where Sir William Shelley entertained Henry VIII and later home of the Shelley Baronets, lies in the north of the parish. It is crossed by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath marking the supposed route of Charles II's flight to France in 1651.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
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