Fishbourne, West Sussex

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Fishbourne is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area3.87 km2 (1.49 sq mi) [1]
Population2,325. 2011 Census[2]
• Density505/km2 (1,310/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU837046
• London55 miles (89 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Fishbourne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO19 3
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°50′07″N 0°48′43″W / 50.8354°N 0.812°W / 50.8354; -0.812Coordinates: 50°50′07″N 0°48′43″W / 50.8354°N 0.812°W / 50.8354; -0.812

Fishbourne is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England and is situated two miles (3.2 km) west of Chichester. The name derives from fissaburna/fiseborne/fysshburn, all meaning "stream with fish."

The parish has a land area of 387 hectares (956 acres). In the 2001 census 1953 people lived in 840 households, of whom 910 were economically active.There are two public houses and a railway station.

Roman palace[edit]

Fishbourne is the location of Fishbourne Roman Palace, a major archaeological site. On the site have been found remains dating to around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. One theory is that this was the site of one of the landings by the Romans designed to secure the 'friendly' tribe of the Atrebates, whose King Verica had fled his enemies for Roman protection. Subsequently, the wooden buildings were replaced by one of the greatest Roman palaces in the Roman world. The palace was damaged by fire at the end of the third century and never rebuilt.


Fishbourne civil parish was created on 1 April 1987 from parts of Appledram, Bosham, Chichester and Funtington parishes. The parish is within the Chichester District Council ward of Harbour Villages, the West Sussex County Council division of Chichester West, and the parliamentary constituency of Chichester, whose MP since 2017 is Gillian Keegan of the Conservative Party.


  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. ^ "Ward/Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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