Holy Trinity Anglican church
Duncton shown within West Sussex
|Area||8.00 km2 (3.09 sq mi) |
|Population||356  2001 Census|
|– density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||44 miles (71 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|
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 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.
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.
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.
In 1867 John Wisden , the famous Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and England cricketer, who launched the eponymous Wisden Cricketer's Almanac bought and owned The Cricketers himself. He in turn leased it to the Sussex Cricketer James 'Jem' Dean who died in 1881 with a pint in hand !
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- Jerrome, Peter (2002). Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660. Petworth: Window Press. p. 14.
- Jerrome, Peter (2002). Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660. Petworth: Window Press. p. 92.
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