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Selham Church.JPG
St. James Church, Selham
Selham is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
OS grid referenceSU932206
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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Postcode districtGU28 0
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West Sussex
50°58′41″N 0°40′22″W / 50.97805°N 0.67271°W / 50.97805; -0.67271Coordinates: 50°58′41″N 0°40′22″W / 50.97805°N 0.67271°W / 50.97805; -0.67271

Selham is a small village in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies south of the A272 road 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Midhurst. It is mainly in the civil parish of Graffham, but partly in that of Lodsworth to the north.[1]


Selham was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) in the ancient hundred of Easebourne as having six households: two villagers, two smallholders and two slaves; resources included ploughing land, woodland and meadows, and a value to the lord of the manor of just over £3.[2]

In 1861, Selham was still a separate parish covering 1,042 acres (422 ha) with a population of 123.[3]

In February 2010, James Packer won approval from Chichester District Council for a 327-acre polo complex to be built at Manor Farm on land owned by Lord Cowdray, not far from Great House Farm, the 38-hectare polo complex at Stedham, owned by his father Kerry Packer during the 1980s.[4] Packer withdrew after the 2012 season, with the facilities being taken over by Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.[5]


Selham' pub is The Three Moles, one of the smallest pubs in Sussex.

The church of St James is largely 11th century, having never undergone any major rebuilding,[6] but it was restored in the 19th century.[3] From 1922–27 Frank Buttle was rector of Selham with South Ambersham.[7]

Nearby the remains of Lodsworth Castle, a large 13th Century motte near Selham at Lodsbridge beside the River Rother. Lodsbridge was a wharf on the Rother Navigation waterway.

There was formerly a railway station on the Pulborough to Petersfield, Hampshire line. Selham Railway Station is now a private house.


  1. ^ "Graffham PC". Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Open Domesday: Selham". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "GENUKI: Selham". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Packer polo plans revival attempt". Lynn News. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. ^ Sherwood, Bob (15 June 2013). "James Packer packs up in England after rain-sodden season". Polo. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  6. ^ "GENUKI: The Parish Church of St James, Selham". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Buttle: History". Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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