Woolbeding shown within West Sussex
|Area||7.29 km2 (2.81 sq mi) |
|Population||158  2001 Census|
|– density||22/km2 (57/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||44 miles (71 km) NE|
|Civil parish||Woolbeding with Redford|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The large country house, Woolbeding House, was the home of the late Simon Sainsbury of the Sainsbury supermarket family. The National Trust owns the Wolbeding Estate, which includes Woolbeding and Pound Commons which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Telegraph Hill, 1 mile (1.6 km) from Woolbeding, was the site of a station on the semaphore line from London to Portsmouth which operated from 1822 to 1847. It was previously called "Holder" or "Older" Hill.
All Hallows parish church is a Grade I listed building. The tower is small, with eight short pinnacles in a vaguely medieval style. It was built in 1728 but it has lancet windows that look like re-used Saxon or Norman ones. The present chancel is Gothic Revival and was built in 1870 but the nave has tall Anglo-Saxon proportions, with plain pilasters from ground to roof, and a blocked doorway. There are more pilasters on the north wall, including a truncated one with traces of a filled-in window above it. The quoins are of large stones. These features suggest a Saxon date for the main body of the church.
Inside the church is a wall monument to Lady Dame Margaret Mill, wife of Sir Richard Mill of Woolbeding, daughter of Robert Knollys, Esq., of "Grove Place, Co. Southampton", died 1744, aged 56. The coat of arms shown is Per fesse Argent and Sable, a pale, and three bears salient, two and one, counterchanged, muzzled and chained Or, impaling Gules, on a chevron Argent three roses of the field, a canton Argent (recte: Ermine ).
Next to a wall that separates the churchyard from the grounds of the manor house is a miniature mausoleum with Tuscan columns and square pilasters, with a frieze of military trophies such as pikes, rifles, cannon, battleaxes, drums and a helmet. There is a line of ancient yew trees near the church.
Two poets grew up in the parish, each the son of a Rector of All Hallows parish, but in different centuries: Thomas Otway (1652-1685) and Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921); whose father was Rector from 1855 to 1875.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 385.
- Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 386.
- Taylor; Taylor (1965). Anglo-Saxon Architecture. Cambridge University Press. p. 684.
- "Mill, Baronet". Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. 1830. (Baronetcy created 1619).
- Berry, William. "Knollys". Encyclopedia Heraldica, or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry.
- Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). Sussex. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 385–386. ISBN 0 14 071028 0.
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