Oving, West Sussex

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St Andrew's Church, Oving (NHLE Code 1232757).JPG
St Andrew's Church
Oving is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area13.96 km2 (5.39 sq mi) [1]
Population1,051. 2011 Census
• Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU900050
• London53 miles (85 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Oving
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO20
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteOving Community
List of places
West Sussex
50°50′14″N 0°43′15″W / 50.83719°N 0.72093°W / 50.83719; -0.72093Coordinates: 50°50′14″N 0°43′15″W / 50.83719°N 0.72093°W / 50.83719; -0.72093

Oving is a civil and ecclesiastical 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 1,022 in the 2001 UK Census, increasing to 1,051 at the 2011 census.[2] 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.[3]


Although in the ancient hundred of Boxgrove, Oving is not listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.[4]

Kelly's Directory of 1867 describes the ecclesiastical parish as extending to 2,946 acres (1,192 ha) with a population of 949.[5]


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 affected by gravel extraction, which has left a number of lakes that are inaccessible to the public.


Oving village is known for the Gribble Inn, a popular country pub with a real ale brewery attached. This is the origin of the 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.[5]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "North Mundham Ward". Chichester District Council. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Open Domesday: Boxgrove Hundred". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "GENUKI: Oving, Sussex". Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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