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Linchmere is located in West Sussex
Linchmere shown within West Sussex
Area 9.03 km2 (3.49 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,392. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 246/km2 (640/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU869308
• London 41 miles (66 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Linchmere
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district GU27 3
Dialling code 01428
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°04′15″N 0°45′36″W / 51.07091°N 0.75999°W / 51.07091; -0.75999Coordinates: 51°04′15″N 0°45′36″W / 51.07091°N 0.75999°W / 51.07091; -0.75999

Linchmere, also often spelled Lynchmere, is a village and a civil parish, the northernmost parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. As well as Linchmere village, the parish contains the settlements of Hammer and Camelsdale.

Linchmere parish is bordered to the north by Haslemere in Surrey with a tributary of the River Wey as boundary, to the east by Fernhurst parish, to the south by Linch civil parish with the Shulbrede stream as boundary, and to the west by the civil parish of Bramshott in Hampshire.

In the 2001 census there were in the civil parish 836 households, with a total population of 2,225 of whom 1,127 were economically active. The population at the 2011 Census was 2,392.[2]

Richard Dimbleby is buried in St Peter's churchyard.


Shulbrede Priory

The name Linchmere was, in ancient times, spelled Wlenchemere.

The area includes the remains of an Augustinian priory founded in 1200 and at first known as Woolynchmere Priory. Its later name, Shulbrede Priory, is now attached to the priory remains (located 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) southwards from Linchmere village centre), to an associated manor house, and to the peerage of Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede.

The settlement at Hammer took its name from an iron mill which was active there from before 1573 until at least 1730. There were also other iron works in the district including one partly in what is now Fernhurst parish, in Furnace Wood near Lower Lodge Farm, apparently started a little before 1620. The associated water supply is still named Furnace Pond and is just 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) south of Linchmere village centre.[3]


  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. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "History: FURNHURST FURNACE also known as NORTH PARK FURNACE, LINCHMERE.". Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer (scale 1:25,000) map 133 Haslemere & Petersfield

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