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Ferring Beach
Ferring is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area3.81 km2 (1.47 sq mi) [1]
Population4,480 (Civil/Ward Parish.2011)[2]
• Density1,176/km2 (3,050/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ094026
• London50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Ferring
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN12
Dialling code01903
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°48′46″N 0°26′53″W / 50.81275°N 0.44812°W / 50.81275; -0.44812Coordinates: 50°48′46″N 0°26′53″W / 50.81275°N 0.44812°W / 50.81275; -0.44812

Ferring is a village, civil parish and electoral ward in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is part of the built-up area of Worthing and is accessed along the A259 road 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the town - comprising North Down Farm and Highdown Hill to the north and the town itself to the south, with approximately equal size green buffers to the town in size, to east and west.

In the 2001 census 4361 people lived in 2179 households, of whom 1423 were economically active. The area's seafront is pedestrianised and the beach itself is a mixture of shingle and pebble, reinforced by groynes. The population at the 2011 Census was 4,480.[2]


The site of the village is an ancient one: the name itself is Saxon; it is mentioned in the Domesday Book; the parish church is Norman, and is dedicated to St Andrew. In the churchyard are buried the ashes of Major John Bigelow Dodge (1894-1960), veteran of the Great Escape of 1944,[3] and there is a Commonwealth war grave of a Royal Sussex Regiment officer of World War II.[4]

Until the 1920s the village was a small one; when the south coast began to be built-up, particularly with holiday homes, Ferring began to increase in size.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Ferring has an amateur football club, Ferring Football Club, which plays at the Glebelands. Ferring Radio was a community licensed station broadcasting across the South Coast on 97.7fm originally for the benefit and experience of clients with special needs attending Ferring Country Centre. The station has been revived in 2020 on-line to provide music and local news and information during the extreme medical crisis and isolation.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  3. ^ Carroll, Tim (2013). The Dodger, The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape. Mainstream Publishing. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-780-57606-0.
  4. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.

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