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Patching is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi) [1]
Population259 (Civil Parish.2011)[2]
• Density31/km2 (80/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ087063
• London48 miles (77 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Patching
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN13
Dialling code01903
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°50′49″N 0°27′24″W / 50.84687°N 0.45663°W / 50.84687; -0.45663Coordinates: 50°50′49″N 0°27′24″W / 50.84687°N 0.45663°W / 50.84687; -0.45663

Patching is a small village and civil parish that lies amid the fields and woods of the southern slopes of the South Downs in the National Park in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It has a visible hill-workings history going back to before the Domesday survey of 1086–7. It is centred four miles (6.4 km) to the east of Arundel and quarter of a mile from Clapham, to the north of the A27 road. The civil parish covers an area of 846.12 hectares (2,090.8 acres).

In the centre of the village is the 13th century Church of St John the Divine, restored in 1888. Above the village on the South Downs are groups of neolithic flint mines, represented by slight hollows and mounds.[3]

Michelgrove Park, once the site of a great house where Sir William Shelley entertained Henry VIII and later home of the Shelley Baronets, is in the north of the parish. It is crossed by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath marking the supposed route of Charles II's flight to France in 1651.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  2. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  3. ^ Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 222–3. ISBN 0-14-071028-0.

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