Fishbourne, West Sussex

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For other places with the same name, see Fishbourne (disambiguation).
Fishbourne is located in West Sussex
Fishbourne shown within West Sussex
Area 3.87 km2 (1.49 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,325. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 505/km2 (1,310/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU837046
• London 55 miles (89 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Fishbourne
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO19 3
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South 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, civil parish and electoral ward 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.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 8, 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ward/Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

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