Compton, West Sussex

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Compton Church
Compton is located in West Sussex
Compton shown within West Sussex
Area 17.51 km2 (6.76 sq mi) [1]
Population 463. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU776147
• London 52 miles (84 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Compton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO18
Dialling code 023
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°55′39″N 0°53′49″W / 50.92748°N 0.89701°W / 50.92748; -0.89701Coordinates: 50°55′39″N 0°53′49″W / 50.92748°N 0.89701°W / 50.92748; -0.89701
Will of Alfred the Great, AD 873–888, mentions Cumtune (11th-century copy, British Library Stowe MS 944, ff. 29v–33r)[3]

Compton is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex. The village lies on the B2146 road, six miles (9.5 km) southeast of Petersfield, Hampshire and eight miles (13 km) northwest of Chichester. The parish also includes the villages of West Marden and Up Marden.

The village has a long history, perhaps first being mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great. It is in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

High ground nearby is known as Compton Down and on a part of the down known as Telegraph Hill there was an Admiralty semaphore station.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Charter S 1507 at the Electronic Sawyer

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