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Pagham is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area9.88 km2 (3.81 sq mi)
Population5,941 (Civil Parish.2011)[1]
• Density601/km2 (1,560/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSZ886975
• London57 miles (92 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Pagham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO21
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°46′15″N 0°44′41″W / 50.77083°N 0.74479°W / 50.77083; -0.74479Coordinates: 50°46′15″N 0°44′41″W / 50.77083°N 0.74479°W / 50.77083; -0.74479
Pagham Beach

Pagham is a semi-rural, semi-urban coastal village and civil parish in the Arun district of West Sussex, England, with a population of around 6,100.


Pagham is part of the electoral ward called Pagham and Rose Green. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 7,538.[2]


The village can be divided into three contiguous neighbourhoods (merging seamlessly as one clustered village):

  • Pagham Beach, coastal area, developed in the early 20th Century,
  • Pagham, the original 13th Century village
  • Nyetimber, originally a separate village but has now been subsumed as part of a Local Authority rationalisation and the growth of the area.

Buildings and facilities[edit]

Many of the original Pagham Beach dwellings are bungalows constructed from old railway carriages - most of these have been later rebuilt using sturdier construction methods.

The Church of St. Thomas a'Becket is considered[by whom?] to be one of the finest of its type[citation needed] in England.

Pagham is home to ale and beer pubs 'The Lamb', 'The Lion' and 'The Bear' as well as the popular 'Inglenook Hotel' which is a favourite stop off point for many during visits to events at Goodwood Circuit and races.


The Site of Special Scientific Interest known as Pagham Harbour is to the south-west; almost one quarter of the area falls within the parish.[3] The harbour and surrounding land is of national importance for both flora and fauna. The shingle spit is of geological interest.

A Phoenix breakwater, a concrete caisson that was intended to be part of a wartime Mulberry Harbour, is visible in the bay at low tides.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Pagham has a Non-League football club Pagham F.C. who play at Nyetimber Lane. The village has a cricket team, who play at the cricket ground at Nyetimber Lane. Sussex County Cricket Club played two first-class matches there in the 1970s.[4] Pagham is the home of the Pagham Pram Race which is the oldest pram race in the world. The race is run on Boxing day every year at 11am whatever the weather. Thousands of people line the streets of Pagham to watch the wacky contestants navigate the 3 mile course, drinking 3 pints of beer en route. All the money raised by the Pram Race is distributed to local good causes.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ "Pagham and Rose Green ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ "SSSI Citation — Pagham Harbour" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Ground profile: Pagham Cricket Club Ground". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  5. ^ EWCA Civ 7

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