Birdham shown within West Sussex
|Area||6.96 km2 (2.69 sq mi) |
|Population||1,408  2001 Census|
|– density||202/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||58 miles (93 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Birdham is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located on the Manhood Peninsula, about five miles (8 km) south west of the city of Chichester. The parish church is dedicated to St James although the dedication was to St. Leonard until c 1900.
The nearest railway station is some three miles (5 km) northeast of the village, at Chichester or Fishbourne.
The village sits on the shores of Chichester Harbour and is home to a locked marina on the site of a former tide mill pond. The tide mill building itself still exists. In between it and Chichester marina are the lockgates to the disused Chichester Canal opened in 1822. The local school is Birdham C of E Primary School. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,408.
HMS Birdham, a minesweeper, launched on 19 September 1955, was named after the village.
The only evidence of prehistoric settlement is a Bronze Age settlement.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- "Post medieval and Industrial – AD 1485-1899" (PDF). Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Retrieved 11 February 2015
- The Birdham assemblage: further finds of Middle and Late Bronze Age pottery from the Sussex Coastal Plain Retrieved 10 February 2015
- http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/sussex/vol4/pp199-201 British History Online]
- L Fleming. History of Pagham in Sussex illustrating the administration of an archiepiscopal hundred, the decay of manorial organisation and the rise of a seaside resort, 1950.
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