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Poynings, West Sussex, England - May 2010.jpg
Poynings from the South Downs
Poynings is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area6.66 km2 (2.57 sq mi) [1]
Population287 [1] 2001 Census
432 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ264120
• London42 miles (68 km) N
Civil parish
  • Poynings
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN45
Dialling code01273
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
WebsitePoynings village
List of places
West Sussex
50°53′40″N 0°12′13″W / 50.89443°N 0.20351°W / 50.89443; -0.20351Coordinates: 50°53′40″N 0°12′13″W / 50.89443°N 0.20351°W / 50.89443; -0.20351

Poynings (/ˈpɔɪnɪŋz/ or locally /ˈpʌnɪŋz/)[3] is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England. The parish lies wholly with the South Downs National Park. The planning authority for Pyecombe is therefore the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), the statutory planning authority for the National Park area.[4]

The village is located on the north side of the South Downs near Devil's Dyke, five miles (8 km) north-west of Brighton. The civil parish covers an area of 665.5 hectares (1,644 acres) and has a population of 287 (2001 census), including Newtimber and increasing to 432 at the 2011 Census.[2]

There is a public house, the Royal Oak.

Holy Trinity Church[edit]

Poynings church from south-west

Holy Trinity Church is Poynings’ parish church, located at the east end of the village, on The Street, at 50°53′38.6″N 0°12′11.5″W / 50.894056°N 0.203194°W / 50.894056; -0.203194.

The church is in the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, Archdeaconry of Horsham.

The church is a Grade I listed building, described in the National Heritage List for England as 'One of the finest village medieval churches in Sussex' (List Entry Number 1285135, first listed 28 October 1957).[5]

Listed Buildings and Scheduled Monuments[edit]

Poynings civil parish contains ten listed buildings. Of these, one is Grade I and the remaining nine are Grade II. The parish contains four scheduled monuments.

Listed buildings[edit]

Grade I listed buildings:

  • The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity (List Entry Number 1285135) – see above.[5]

Scheduled monuments[edit]

  • Bowl barrow on Scabes Castle (List Entry Number 1014950), lying on the parish boundary between Poynings and Fulking, an originally circular funerary monument, now a roughly oval mound, having been levelled by modern ploughing on its eastern side.[6]
  • Devil's Dyke hillfort (List Entry Number 1014953), a large univallate hillfort dating to the Iron Age, situated on a chalk spur which forms part of the Sussex Downs.[7]
  • Post-medieval stock enclosure at Devil's Dyke (List Entry Number 1014954), which survives as a north east-south west aligned, rectangular earthwork. It was used for the stalling of working oxen and as winter housing for fatstock cattle. Before excavation in 1908, it was assumed to be a burial mound.[8]
  • Romano-British farmstead 480m north west of Devil's Dyke Cottages (List Entry Number 1017649), which survives largely in buried form and is visible as an area of hollows and uneven ground.[9]

Cora's Corner[edit]

In the village opposite Holy Trinity Church there is a small sheltered memorial called Cora's Corner, which pays tribute to a former resident of Poynings; two benches in the shelter, Judy's Seat and Merrilee's Seat, are tributes to Cora's two daughters.[citation needed] The road linking Cora's Corner to the Royal Oak is called Cora's Walk.

See also[edit]

List of Stewards of the Manor of Poynings


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Parishes: Poynings". British Histories Online. Retrieved 15 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Planning". South Downs National Park. South Downs National Park Authority. Retrieved 1 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Historic England. "The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity (1285135)". National Heritage List for England.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow on Scabes Castle (1014950)". National Heritage List for England.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Devil's Dyke hillfort (1014953)". National Heritage List for England.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Post-medieval stock enclosure at Devil's Dyke (1014954)". National Heritage List for England.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Romano-British farmstead 480m north west of Devil's Dyke Cottages (1017649)". National Heritage List for England.

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