Church of St. Mary
Aldingbourne shown within West Sussex
|Area||12.53 km2 (4.84 sq mi) |
|Population||3,612  2001 Census|
|- Density||288 /km2 (750 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||52 miles (84 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|
Aldingbourne is a village and civil parish in the Arun district of West Sussex, England, with a population of 3,612 (2001 census). It is about five miles (8 km) north of Bognor Regis and six miles (10 km) east of Chichester.
The parish, named for the small village of Aldingbourne, also contains the much larger settlement of Westergate, as well as smaller settlements at Norton, Nyton, Woodgate and Lidsey.
First documented in 683AD as Aldingburne, then 200 years later as Ealdingburnan, the name describes a stream or bourne (now known as Aldingbourne Rife) belonging to Ealda, a Saxon settler.
The Anglican parish church is named St. Mary. According to Sussex Notes and Queries, the history of the church building "is not clear". Different parts of the church date from both the twelfth and thirteenth century, with the chancel having been built in the thirteenth century. Later additions include a porch dating from the seventeenth century and an organ chamber that was "wholly modern" in 1944.
Agriculture is the main industry in the parish, with many horticultural nurseries including the world renowned Denman Gardens.
Ormiston Six Villages Academy is the main secondary school for the parish and surrounding area. If was formerly called Westergate Community School.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- Glover, Judith (1997). Sussex Place Names: Their Origins and Meanings. Countryside Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5.
- Sussex Notes and Queries, Vol. 10, Number 1, February 1944, p. 2
- "Abount Albingbourne". Aldingbourne. Arun District Council. Retrieved 27 March 2009.