Poling, West Sussex
St. Nicholas' parish church
Poling shown within West Sussex
|Area||3.19 km2 (1.23 sq mi) |
|Population||173 (2001 Census)|
|- Density||54 /km2 (140 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||49 miles (79 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|
The small village has two Grade I Listed buildings: the Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas, (in whose churchyard the cricketer Colin Cowdrey is buried), and some remains of St John's Priory (founded by the Knights Hospitallers) beside the main road. Many of the cottages are Grade II listed.
Poling is in the Rape of Bramber, one of the traditional sub-divisions of Sussex and a former Norman barony.
In the Anglo-Saxon era Poling, like most coastal villages, had outlying areas of land in the Weald of Sussex used for summer grazing and timber production. Thus Poling gave its name to Pallingham north of Stopham and Pallinghurst west of Rudgwick. Poling also had land north of Petworth, then known as "Palinga Schittas", mentioned in a charter of AD 953. in connection with the pannage of pigs to feed on acorns.
Parish church 
St. Nicholas' parish church is on the south-east edge of the village next to Manor Farm and is reached by a footpath from Poling Street, next to the Old Vicarage.
Burials in St. Nicholas' churchyard include the Kent and MCC cricketer and cricket administrator Colin Cowdrey (1932–2000) and the explorer, botanist, artist and colonial administrator Sir Harry Johnston (1858–1927). Johnston is also commemorated by a wall plaque in the nave carved by the Arts and Crafts sculptor and typeface designer Eric Gill, who lived at Ditchling, East Sussex. The main typeface used on the plaque seems to be Gill's Perpetua, which he designed in 1925 but did not release until 1929. The lower-case typeface used for the Latin quote below is not presently recognised.
Sources and further reading 
- Jerrome, Peter (2002). Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660. The Window Press. p. 15.[clarification needed]
- Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). Sussex. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 308–309. ISBN 0-14-071028-0.
- Page, William, ed. (1973). A History of the County of Sussex, Volume 2. Victoria County History. p. 93.
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