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Funtington Church
Funtington is located in West Sussex
Funtington shown within West Sussex
Area 20.02 km2 (7.73 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,549. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU800083
• London 54 miles (87 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Funtington
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO18
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Parish Council
List of places
West Sussex
50°52′09″N 0°51′48″W / 50.86908°N 0.8634°W / 50.86908; -0.8634Coordinates: 50°52′09″N 0°51′48″W / 50.86908°N 0.8634°W / 50.86908; -0.8634

Funtington is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England.[3] It lies on the B2146 Road 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west of Chichester. The parish also contains the villages of East and West Ashling, West Stoke and the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve lies at its northern tip. There is a farm produce shop and a pub at the centre of the village. Funtington Primary School is in the village of West Ashling.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Compton with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 2,671.[4]

Religious sites[edit]

St. Mary’s Anglican church, dating from the 12th Century, is the principal church in the parish of Funtington.[a] [b][7][c]St. Andrew's[d] church at West Stoke is of Saxon origin. The chapel of St. Mary’s at Sennicotts[e] lies about two miles (3 km) to the east, off the Chichester road.[7]

The Old Congregational Chapel[edit]

The old Congregational Chapel is situated on the road between East Ashling and Funtington, opposite the turning to West Ashling. The foundation stone of the chapel was laid on Friday, 18 September 1863. Most of the building material used was various stones, recovered from the fallen tower, of Chichester Cathedral.[9] The tower having fallen down during a storm in 1861.[10]The Chapel closed, as place of worship, between 1934 and 1938. It became a scout headquarters for a while but is currently a clock museum run by the Clock trust.[11][12]


Kingley Vale lies on the border of the parish which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a national nature reserve. It is noted for its Yew woodlands.[13] The site is also known for its archaeological interest including Bronze Age and Roman earthworks, cross dykes, a camp and a field system.



  1. ^ Admiral Provo Wallis, one of the longest serving admirals in the British Royal Navy, is buried in the Funtington church yard.[5]
  2. ^ The church of St Mary's was founded in 13th century. There was a restoration in 1859, which Nairn and Pevsner were very critical of describing it as "senseless".[6]:p. 39
  3. ^ According to the St Mary's parish website, the church has become busier, particularly amongst the young with a local school holding special choir services. The building has been extended to provide a church room, funded by local benefactors and parish money-raising events.[7]
  4. ^ a b St Andrew's has a plastered flint exterior. The nave walls are 11th century.[6]:p. 375
  5. ^ a b Sennicotts is a house and country estate in the Parish of Funtington.[8]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ OS Explorer map 120: Chichester, South Harting and Selsey Scale: 1:25 000. Publisher:Ordnance Survey – Southampton B2 edition. Publishing Date:2009. ISBN 978 0319240793
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Maritime Memorials". London: National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). Sussex. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-300-09677-1. 
  7. ^ a b c "Funtington Parish". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sennicotts Regency Villa and Historic Gardens in West Sussex". Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Church, Chapel and". The Building News and Engineering Journal. London: Builders News. Volume 10: p. 785. 1863. 
  10. ^ Urban, Sylvanus (1861). "Fall of Chichester Spire". The Gentlemen's Magazine and Historical Review. London: John Henry and James Parker. 210: 526–529. 
  11. ^ "Time Machine". Clock Trust. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Congregational Chapel". Funtington Archive. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "SSSI Citation — Kingley Vale" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Funtington at Wikimedia Commons