Sidlesham

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Sidlesham
Sidlesham Primary School.jpg
Sidlesham Primary School
Sidlesham is located in West Sussex
Sidlesham
Sidlesham
 Sidlesham shown within West Sussex
Area  17.53 km2 (6.77 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,139 [1] 2001 Census
   – density  65/km2 (170/sq mi)
OS grid reference SZ853991
   – London  57 miles (92 km) NNE 
Civil parish Sidlesham
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHICHESTER
Postcode district PO20
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
Website http://www.sidlesham.org/
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Coordinates: 50°47′09″N 0°47′25″W / 50.7857°N 0.79036°W / 50.7857; -0.79036

Sidlesham[2] is a small village and civil parish, on the Manhood Peninsula, five kilometres (3 miles) south of Chichester in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It has a small primary school.[3] The area has had a Prebendary since medieval times.[4] The 13th-century church of St Mary Our Lady is built of stone rubble, not the usual flint of the area.[5]

The parish has a land area of 1753 hectares (4330 acres). In the 2001 census 1139 people lived in 448 households, of whom 579 were economically active.[1]

The parish has fertile soils on the flat Chichester plain and there are a large number of glasshouses around the village.

The first definite mention of cricket in Sussex relates to ecclesiastical court records in 1611 which state that two parishioners of Sidlesham failed to attend church on Easter Sunday because they were playing cricket. They were fined 12d each and made to do penance.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Sidlesham has a Non-League football club Sidlesham F.C. who play at The Memorial Recreation Ground.

Landmarks[edit]

The Site of Special Scientific Interest known as Pagham Harbour falls partly within the parish.[6] The harbour and surrounding land is of national importance for both flora and fauna. The shingle spit is also of geological interest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Parish boundaries
  3. ^ Local Primary School
  4. ^ History of Prebendate
  5. ^ The Buildings of West Sussex Pevsner,N/Nairn,I.(Sussex (1965,Middlesex, Penguin p 356) ISBN 0-14-071028-0
  6. ^ "SSSI Citation — Pagham Harbour" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sidlesham at Wikimedia Commons