Plaistow, West Sussex

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Church and pub, Plaistow.JPG
Plaistow village centre
Plaistow is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Population1,898 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ004309
• London36 miles (58 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Plaistow
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRH14
Dialling code01403
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°04′10″N 0°34′04″W / 51.06939°N 0.56782°W / 51.06939; -0.56782Coordinates: 51°04′10″N 0°34′04″W / 51.06939°N 0.56782°W / 51.06939; -0.56782

Plaistow (/ˈplæst/ PLAST-oh[2]) is a village and civil parish in the north of the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. There is a village green, a recreation ground, a children's playground, a village pond, a shop, a pub (The Sun Inn) and the Anglican Church.

There are over thirty Grade II listed buildings in the village. The Sun Inn was purchased by the Pullen family in 1807. Holy Trinity Church (a Chapel of Ease) was once a wooden structure which was destroyed by fire. The church was rebuilt in 1859.

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School was built in 1869. A plaque on the front of the school's original Victorian building acknowledges the significant funding from John Napper, Esquire of Ifold House, who then owned much of the land in the civil parish.[3]

The Parish lies on the northern boundary of West Sussex, and is made up of four settlements: Plaistow village and the hamlets of Ifold, Durfold Wood and Shillinglee. Ifold is the largest of the settlements and has the largest population in the Parish. It has a land area of 2102 hectares (5192 acres). In the 2001 census 1856 people lived in 701 households, of whom 910 were economically active.

Plaistow village has its own football club, Plaistow FC, which formed in 1931 and was admitted to the Horsham and District League. They now play in the West Sussex Football League. The home ground is 'Foxfields'.


Chiddingfold Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest partly within the parish.[4] The rare pearl-bordered fritillary lives in the forest. This is an important butterfly egg-laying area. There are also rare moths in this locality including: the argent and sable, common fan-foot, white-line snout, waved carpet and drab looper.[5]

Chiddingfold Forest is home to the Bechstein's bat. Three maternity colonies have been identified which have at least eighty breeding females.[6]


The electoral ward is Plaistow, encompassing the Parishes of Plaistow, Loxwood, Lurgashall and Northchapel. At the 2011 Census it had a total ward population of 4,784.[7]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ Martha Figueroa-Clark,"BBC - Magazine Monitor: How to Say: Plaistow", BBC, October 16, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
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  4. ^ "SSSI Citation — Chiddingfold Forest" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 7 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Forestry Commission press release
  6. ^ Tracking mammals partnership
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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