Oving, West Sussex
St Andrew's Church
Oving shown within West Sussex
|Area||13.96 km2 (5.39 sq mi) |
|Population||1,051. 2011 Census|
|– density||73/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||53 miles (85 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Oving is a civil parish in West Sussex, lying on the coastal plain immediately to the east of Chichester. It is bounded on the north and west sides by the A27 trunk road. The A259 Chichester-Bognor road traverses the southern part of the parish.
The parish had a population of 1022 in the 2001 UK Census, increasing to 1,051 at the 2011 census. Half the population lives in Oving village, the rest in the smaller settlements of Shopwhyke, Drayton, Merston and Colworth. The parishes of Oving and North Mundham are combined to form the North Mundham electoral ward of Chichester District Council.
The landscape is flat and is given over mainly to agriculture with some growing of salad crops close to the A259. The landscape of the western part of the parish at Drayton and Shopwhyke has been severely affected by gravel extraction, which has left a number of lakes that are inaccessible to the public.
Oving village is probably best known for the Gribble Inn, a popular country pub with a successful real ale brewery attached. This is the origin of the popular ale, Fursty Ferret, now owned by Hall and Woodhouse. The other prominent public building is St Andrew's parish church, which dates from the 13th century.
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