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Patching is located in West Sussex
 Patching shown within West Sussex
Area  8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi) [1]
Population 259 (Civil Parish.2011)[2]
   – density  31/km2 (80/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ087063
   – London  48 miles (77 km) NNE 
Civil parish Patching
District Arun
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORTHING
Postcode district BN13
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Arundel and South Downs
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 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, 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.


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