Loxwood

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Loxwood
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Loxwood Street
Loxwood is located in West Sussex
Loxwood
Loxwood
Location within West Sussex
Area18.24 km2 (7.04 sq mi) [1]
Population1,480 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ038314
• London34 miles (55 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Loxwood
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBILLINGSHURST
Postcode districtRH14
Dialling code01403
PoliceSussex
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
Websitehttp://www.loxwood.org/
List of places
UK
England
West Sussex
51°04′24″N 0°31′10″W / 51.07336°N 0.51933°W / 51.07336; -0.51933Coordinates: 51°04′24″N 0°31′10″W / 51.07336°N 0.51933°W / 51.07336; -0.51933

Loxwood is a small village and civil parish with several outlying settlements, in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England, within the Low Weald. The Wey and Arun Canal passes to the East and South of the village. This Civil Parish is at the centre of an excellent network of bridleways and footpaths crossing the Low Weald and joining with those in adjacent Counties.

Overview[edit]

The 2001 census recorded a population of 1341 people living in 660 households. 536 people were economically active. Between that census and 2011 approximately 55 more dwellings have been built, probably adding net more than 100 people. At March 1, 2011 the electoral register showed 1200 electors. The 2011 Census gave a population of 1,480.

A considerable number of the economically active residents of Loxwood are self-employed. Most people who commute regularly to a principal place of work do so to the Gatwick Diamond area (loosely an area between Redhill in the north and Crawley to the south), to Horsham, to Guildford or Woking, or to London, and tele-commuting is growing in popularity.

There is a primary school, village hall, a sports centre, an Anglican church, a chapel, two pubs The Onslow Arms and the Sir Roger Tichborne at Alfold Bars, a small number of shops, a sub-post office and a medical practice.

The village was once one of the settlements greatly influenced by a small Christian sect, the Society of Dependants, also known as Cokelers who left London in the mid-1800s. They built their first chapel in the village. The sect evolved to run a Combination Store in the village, the building for which houses villages shops today.

Lawrence Durrell, author of The Alexandria Quartet, lived here from 1933 to 1934, in a cottage called Chestnut Mead.[3] Durrell, along with his first wife Nancy and another young couple, George and Pam Wilkinson, left Fitzrovia to live in the English countryside. It was here that Durrell, then in his early twenties, wrote what became his first published novel, Pied Piper of Lovers.[4]

Schools[edit]

Loxwood Primary School was reported to have 155 children on the school roll in 2001.[5] Typically 30% to 50% of these children are not from Loxwood itself, but from surrounding villages; this has been attributed to the closing of smaller adjacent, village schools.[citation needed] A "pre-School" is adjacent to the school, supported financially and in other ways by a Parents group who have run a Beer Festival for several years.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Loxwood has a Non-League football club Loxwood F.C. who play at the recreation ground on Plaistow Road, and have been playing since 1920.[6]

Hamlets[edit]

Purlieus of the village include Alfold Bars, Gunshot Common, Flitchfold, Roundstreet Common, Drungewick Lane and Manor, and Wephurst Park.

External links[edit]

References[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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Civil Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Amateurs in Eden, Joanna Hodgkin, Virago 2012 ISBN 978-1-84408-793-8
  4. ^ MacNiven, Ian, Lawrence Durrell, A Biography (Faber & Faber 1998), Pudding Island chapter
  5. ^ "Ofsted report for Loxwood Primary School" (PDF). Retrieved 11 January 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[dead link]
  6. ^ "Loxwood Sports Association - Football". Loxwoodsports.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)