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Duncton Church, W Sussex.JPG
Holy Trinity Anglican church
Duncton is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area8.00 km2 (3.09 sq mi) [1]
Population345. 2011 Census[2]
• Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU960172
• London44 miles (71 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Duncton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGU28
Dialling code01798
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°56′48″N 0°38′05″W / 50.9467°N 0.63461°W / 50.9467; -0.63461Coordinates: 50°56′48″N 0°38′05″W / 50.9467°N 0.63461°W / 50.9467; -0.63461

Duncton is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 3 mi (4.8 km) south of Petworth on the A285 road.

The parish has a land area of 800 ha (1,977 acres). In the 2001 census 356 people lived in 156 households, of whom 191 were economically active. The population at the 2011 Census was 345.[2]

The village has an Anglican church, a Roman catholic church and a pub named The Cricketers in honour of two past residents, Jemmy Dean and Jem Broadbridge, who played cricket for Sussex in the nineteenth century. There is a modern village hall and two croquet pitches. Florence de Fonblanque died in Duncton in 1949. She was buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Anglican church and she had "Originator and leader of the women's suffrage march from Edinburgh to London 1912" carved on her gravestone.[3]

Duncton Mill at the foot of the South Downs escarpment was powered by a large spring flowing from the chalk strata. A stable flow of water at a constant temperature throughout the year is ideal for its present use as a trout hatchery.

To the east of the village on the border with Barlavington civil parish is Burton Park, a stately home now converted into a number of residences.


Remains of a Roman villa, including a hypocaust were discovered in the early 19th century some 140 yards north east of the old church, but were not preserved.[4]

Woollen cloth making was an important local industry in the medieval period. Two Duncton clothiers, R Harding and J Goble, left inventories in 1621 and 1622 respectively, with Goble having owned three pairs of finishing shears.[5]

In 1867 John Wisden, the famous Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and England cricketer, who launched the eponymous Wisden Cricketer's Almanac bought "The Cricketers". He leased it to the Sussex cricketer James 'Jem' Dean who died in 1881.[citation needed]}


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Crawford, ‘Fonblanque, Florence Gertrude de (1864–1949)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 17 Nov 2017
  4. ^ Jerrome, Peter (2002). Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660. Petworth: Window Press. p. 14.
  5. ^ Jerrome, Peter (2002). Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660. Petworth: Window Press. p. 92.