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Sidlesham Primary School
Sidlesham is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area17.53 km2 (6.77 sq mi) [1]
Population1,171. 2011 Census[2]
• Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSZ853991
• London57 miles (92 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Sidlesham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO20
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°47′09″N 0°47′25″W / 50.7857°N 0.79036°W / 50.7857; -0.79036Coordinates: 50°47′09″N 0°47′25″W / 50.7857°N 0.79036°W / 50.7857; -0.79036

Sidlesham[3] is a small village and civil parish, on the Manhood Peninsula, five kilometres (3 miles) south of Chichester in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It has a small primary school.[4] The area has had a prebendary since medieval times.[5] The 13th-century church of St Mary Our Lady is built of stone rubble, not the usual flint of the area.[6]

The parish has a land area of 1753 hectares (4330 acres). In the 2001 census 1139 people lived in 448 households, of whom 579 were economically active.[1] At the 2011 Census the population had increased to 1,171.[2]

The parish has fertile soils on the flat Chichester plain and there are many glasshouses around the village.


An electoral list in the same name exists. This ward stretches North to Hunston with a total ward population at the 2011 Census of 2,428.[7]


The village has had a long history of farming and was made up of a group of farms including: Bakers, Chalder, Church, Easton, Ferry, Fletchers, Great Ham, Greenwood, Haise, Halsey, Ham, Highleigh, Jury, Keynor, Marblestone, Marsh, Oakhurst, Porthole, Redgate, Rookery, Shotfold and Street End. In 1935 the Sidlesham LSA was set up and "settlers" from the north east of England and South wales stayed in Keynor hut while their houses were built and they received training.

The Sidlesham LSA continued smallholding until its privatisation in 1983.[8]

Sport and leisure[edit]

The first definite mention of cricket in Sussex relates to ecclesiastical court records in 1611 which state that two parishioners of Sidlesham failed to attend church on Easter Sunday because they were playing cricket. They were fined 12d each and made to do penance.

Sidlesham has a Non-League football club Sidlesham F.C. who play at The Memorial Recreation Ground.


The Site of Special Scientific Interest known as Pagham Harbour falls partly within the parish.[9] The harbour and surrounding land is of national importance for both flora and fauna. The shingle spit is also of geological interest.


  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 14 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Parish boundaries
  4. ^ Local Primary School
  5. ^ History of Prebendate
  6. ^ The Buildings of West Sussex Pevsner,N/Nairn,I.(Sussex (1965,Middlesex, Penguin p 356) ISBN 0-14-071028-0
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  8. ^ "The Sidlesham Heritage Trail, About The SLSA". Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  9. ^ "SSSI Citation — Pagham Harbour" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Sidlesham at Wikimedia Commons