Fishbourne, West Sussex
|Area||3.87 km2 (1.49 sq mi) |
|Population||2,325. 2011 Census|
|• Density||505/km2 (1,310/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||55 miles (89 km) NNE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||PO19 3|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
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."
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.
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