Stedham

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Stedham
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Stedham is located in West Sussex
Stedham
Stedham
 Stedham shown within West Sussex
OS grid reference SU861221
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
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Coordinates: 50°59′33″N 0°46′24″W / 50.99253°N 0.77336°W / 50.99253; -0.77336

Stedham is a village in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England.

Overview[edit]

It lies within the civil parish of Stedham with Iping, on the A272 road 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Midhurst. It is only reached by single-track winding lanes.[1]

Stedham's watermill at the north end of the village was used for manufacturing blotting paper.[2] The village has a garden centre, social club and one pub called The Hamilton Arms, which acts as a Thai restaurant.[3][4] The village shop closed in 1991.

Church[edit]

St James’ Church is situated at the north end of the village just above the River Rother. The original church was built circa 1040, however not much of this is left.[5] The upper parts of the church are dated circa 1673. The church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The churchyard contains a yew tree which is thought to be over 2500 years old.

Schools[edit]

Stedham Primary School[6] is the main primary school serving the village. In 2014 Durand Academy in Stockwell, South London opened a boarding school for its senior pupils at the site of the former St Cuthman's School in Stedham. However the school is only admits pupils from South London.[7]

Polo[edit]

The late media tycoon, Kerry Packer, caused controversy in the late 1980s when he bought many acres of agricultural land at Stedham and converted it into a polo centre.[1] In 2009, his son, James Packer, decided to found the Selham Polo Centre.[1]

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