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The George pub
Eartham is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area8.36 km2 (3.23 sq mi) [1]
Population111. 2011 Census[2]
• Density12/km2 (31/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU939094
• London49 miles (79 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Eartham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO18
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°52′36″N 0°40′00″W / 50.87679°N 0.66671°W / 50.87679; -0.66671Coordinates: 50°52′36″N 0°40′00″W / 50.87679°N 0.66671°W / 50.87679; -0.66671

Eartham is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) north east of Chichester east of the A285 road.

There is an Anglican parish church dedicated to St Margaret and a public house, The George, formerly The George and Dragon. The adjoining Manor Farm is the centre of a large farming enterprise. Nearby is Eartham House designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens which has been used since the 1920s as a private preparatory (junior) school, Great Ballard School. Eartham Wood to the north is an area of open access woodland, mostly beech trees through which the Roman road Stane Street runs. The route here today is followed only by bridleways and footpaths, and within Eartham Wood is part of the Monarch's Way long-distance path.

The parish has a land area of 836 hectares (2066 acres). In the 2001 census 104 people lived in 42 households, of whom 48 were economically active. At the 2011 Census the population including the hamlet of Upwaltham was 111.[2]

Eartham House[edit]

Great Ballard School at Eartham House

Eartham House was established by Thomas Hayley in 1743. Following his death the house became home to his son the poet William Hayley from 1774 to 1800. It was enlarged before he sold it to MP and statesman William Huskisson. The church contains a memorial to Hayley's son Thomas by his friend sculptor John Flaxman. The present building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens following the purchase of the house by William Bird in 1905.[3] The house is now occupied by Great Ballard School a co-educational independent school for children aged 2 to 13 years.[4] It was founded in 1924 and moved to Eartham in 1961.[5] The school caters for both day and boarding pupils.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

St. Margaret's Church

Richard Nyren the famous Hambledon cricketer and landlord of the Bat & Ball Inn was born in Eartham c.1734.


  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. ^ "Eartham House, (also known as Great Ballard Preparatory School ), Chichester, West Sussex, England". Parks and Gardens UK. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Great Ballard School". Ofsted. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Great Ballard School". Educationbase. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Great Ballard School". Department for Education. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

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