East Lavington

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East Lavington
East Lavington House.JPG
East Lavington House and Church
East Lavington is located in West Sussex
East Lavington
East Lavington
Location within West Sussex
Area7.97 km2 (3.08 sq mi) [1]
Population273. 2011 Census[2]
• Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU946162
• London45 miles (72 km) *NNE
Civil parish
  • East Lavington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGU28
Dialling code01798
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°56′17″N 0°39′17″W / 50.93806°N 0.65468°W / 50.93806; -0.65468Coordinates: 50°56′17″N 0°39′17″W / 50.93806°N 0.65468°W / 50.93806; -0.65468

East Lavington, formerly Woolavington, is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England.[3] It is located six kilometres (4 miles) south of Petworth, west of the A285 road.

West Lavington was formerly an exclave of Woolavington.[4]

The parish has a land area of 797 hectares (1968 acres). In the 2001 census 357 people lived in 87 households, of whom 129 were economically active. It includes the settlement of Upper Norwood.

The parish is dominated by Seaford College, a private school which owns 400 acres (1.6 km2). The main school building, previously Lavington Park country house, is a Grade II* listed building.[5] St Peter's parish church, also Grade II* listed, has become the school chapel.

An Elizabethan manor house was built at "Woolavington" in 1587. The old house at Lavington Park is long demolished, but the 1587 building contract described how the chimneys, windows, and corner quoins should be made "verie artyficiallie and conninglie".[6]


  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. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ "The Lavington Estate Archives". The National Archives. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 4, the Rape of Chichester. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1953". British History Online. 1953. p. 65. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ Historic England. "LAVINGTON PARK / SEAFORD COLLEGE (1232490)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ Maurice Howard, The Building of Elizabethan and Jacobean England (Yale, 2007), p. 108.

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