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St Mary's Church, Walberton
Walberton shown within West Sussex
|Area||10.44 km2 (4.03 sq mi) |
|Population||1,941  2001 Census|
|- Density||186 /km2 (480 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||50 miles (80 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|
Walberton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is located five miles (8 km) to the north-west of Littlehampton, and is situated south of the A27 road. Located on the southernmost slopes of the South Downs the civil parish covers an area of 1,044.19 hectares (2,580 acres) and has a population of 1941 persons (2001 census). It includes the villages of Binsted to the east and Fontwell to the west.
St Mary's Church in Walberton has a Saxon font and west wall. There is a pub in Walberton The Holly Tree. This is recorded from 1845 and has been called by its present name since 1867. Towards the end of the village there is a small village pond where children often feed the ducks. There are a small number of shops and a post office next to the modern village hall.
Binsted has a pub, the Black Horse and a Norman church built in 1140 A.D. by the monks of Tortington Priory. Roman and medieval pottery and tile kilns have been excavated there.
The Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, with its golf course which lies between Walberton and Binsted, was formerly Avisford, a prep school for Roman Catholic boys (1928–73), where BBC presenter Edward Stourton was head boy and where the late Robert Nairac spent a year teaching before university in the late 1960s. The children's writer Rosemary Sutcliff spent the latter part of her life in Walberton.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
- British History Online: Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- British History Online... This includes a detailed architectural description of the church.
- British History Online...
- Rosemary Sutcliff's ODNB entry: Retrieved 12 September 2011. Subscription required.
- Media related to Walberton at Wikimedia Commons
- Detailed history of Walberton to the present day at British History Online: Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- The village's 36 listed historic buildings are described here: Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- Walberton Parish Council web site.
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