Lavant, West Sussex

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East Lavant St Mary.jpg
Church of St. Mary
Lavant is located in West Sussex
Lavant shown within West Sussex
Area 16.53 km2 (6.38 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,656. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU857087
• London 52 miles (84 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Lavant
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO18
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°52′18″N 0°46′56″W / 50.87162°N 0.78236°W / 50.87162; -0.78236Coordinates: 50°52′18″N 0°46′56″W / 50.87162°N 0.78236°W / 50.87162; -0.78236

Lavant is a civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England, just north of Chichester. It is made up of three villages, Mid Lavant and East Lavant together with the much smaller West Lavant, and takes its name from the River Lavant which flows from East Dean. East Lavant has a collection of historic cottages and a public house.[3] The manor appears in Domesday as Loventone.[4]

The A286 road between Chichester and Midhurst runs through the parish.

The villages were served by a station on the railway line that ran between Chichester and Midhurst, but this closed in stages between 1931 and 1991.


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.[5] The site is also known for its archaeological interest including Bronze Age and Roman earthworks, cross dykes, a camp and a field system.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Westhampnett with a total ward population taken at the 2011 census of 2,365.[6]


Lavant is home to two sporting clubs, Lavant Football Club [7] and Lavant Cricket Club.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "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. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Chichester Web - The Chichester Guide
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time: Lavant Sussex.
  5. ^ "SSSI Citation — Kingley Vale" (PDF). Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
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