Oving, West Sussex

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Village, and Civil and Ecclesiastical parish
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
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 small village, and civil and ecclesiastical parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. The village lies about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of the city of Chichester. The civil parish includes the settlements of Colworth, Drayton, Merston, and Shopwhyke.


Although in the ancient hundred of Boxgrove, Oving is not listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2]

Kelly's Directory of 1867 describes the ecclesiastical parish as extending to 2,946 acres (1,192 ha) with a population of 949.[3]

In 1894, the portion of Rumboldswyke lying outside the city limits of Chichester was added to Oving parish.[4]

In 1895, the parish of Portfield was added to Oving parish.[4]

The West Sussex Review Order of 1933 incorporated the parish of Merston into Oving, increasing the acreage of Oving to 3,013.[4]


Oving is governed by the Oving Parish Council. The chairman of the parish council is Councillor Rod Hague.[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.


The parish had a population of 1,022 in the 2001 UK Census, increasing to 1,051 at the 2011 census.[6] Half the population lives in Oving village, the rest in the smaller settlements of Shopwhyke, Drayton, Merston and Colworth.


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.[3]


  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. ^ "Open Domesday: Boxgrove Hundred". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "GENUKI: Oving, Sussex". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Salzman, L. F. (1953). "Oving". A History of the County of Sussex. 4. London, England: Victoria County History. pp. 165–170. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Councillors – Oving Community". Oving Community. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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