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Kirdford is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area20.09 km2 (7.76 sq mi) [1]
Population1,063 (2011)[2]
• Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ017266
• London38 miles (61 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Kirdford
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRH14
Dialling code01403
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°01′48″N 0°32′59″W / 51.02988°N 0.54965°W / 51.02988; -0.54965Coordinates: 51°01′48″N 0°32′59″W / 51.02988°N 0.54965°W / 51.02988; -0.54965

Kirdford is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. Its nearest town is Petworth, located 6.5 miles (10.5 km) southwest of the village. The parish has an area of 2,008 acres (813 ha). In the 2001 census 912 people lived in 373 households, of whom 448 were economically active.[1] At the 2011 census the population was 1,063.[2]

The village has an Anglican church dedicated to St John the Baptist plus an Evangelical non-denominational chapel "Kirdford chapel" and two pubs, The Foresters Arms and the Half Moon. Other amenities include a shop and the village hall which was enlarged in 1977.

In the Middle Ages iron production using ironstone and charcoal,[citation needed] and forest glass making were important industries. In the twentieth century apple growing was established through a cooperative venture, Kirdford Growers, based at the western end of the village. This has now ended and the warehouse site is being used for house building.

In 2011, Kirdford Village Stores won 'Best Corner Shop' in the Telegraph's Best Small Shops in Britain Awards.

The parish church[edit]

Inscription on the old rectory wall

There is no reference to a church in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Grade I listed church of St. John the Baptist is built of local sandstone and roofed with Horsham stone slabs.[3] Herringbone masonry and the style of column capitals indicate that the nave is early twelfth century.[4] The north aisle is thirteenth century and the tower fifteenth. The tower carries a peel of six bells and a clock. There are four stained glass windows by Charles Eamer Kempe.[5]

Near the road junction to the west of the church an inscribed stone set into the old rectory wall warns against drunkenness in no uncertain terms.


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish Population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ South East Rural Towns Partnership Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ A church near you

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