South Harting

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South Harting
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South Harting seen from the church
South Harting is located in West Sussex
South Harting
South Harting
 South Harting shown within West Sussex
OS grid reference SU785195
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°58′11″N 0°52′57″W / 50.96983°N 0.88263°W / 50.96983; -0.88263

South Harting is a village in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England.[1] It lies within the civil parish of Harting. The village sits astride the B2146 road four miles (6.4 km) southeast of Petersfield, Hampshire.

The village of South Harting has two churches, one Anglican and one Congregational, a school and a Pub.

The National Trust property Uppark sits high on the South Downs 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village on the B2146.


Harting is mentioned in the Domesday Book as the Manor of Hertinges. Apart from three generations of the Earls Montgomery the manor was in the possession of the Crown until 1610 when it was granted to the Caryll family. In 1746 the manor was purchased by the Featherstonhaugh /ˈfænʃɔː/ family, in whose possession it remains.[2]

In 1871 the parish covered 7,832 acres (3,169 ha) and had a population of 1,247.[2]



The church of St Mary and St Gabriel

The Anglican parish church of St Mary and St Gabriel is at the southwestern end of the village street, in an elevated position. It has a coppered spire on the tower and a peal of six bells. Major restoration work was carried out in the 1850s,[2] and In 2010 further improvements were made including the building of an attached room for the Sunday school.

South Harting War Memorial by Eric Gill

In the churchyard is the tall South Harting War Memorial Cross, (1920) [3] a World War I memorial by Eric Gill.

South Harting has a Congregational Church.


Harting Church of England Primary School takes children from four to eleven years old. Alongside the school is the village hall from which a pre-school group operates.

Public houses[edit]

The village now has just two pubs, others having been closed in the 20th century. The remaining two are The White Hart and The Ship, a Grade II listed building. The latter, which had been trading at a loss for several years, was in 2012 the subject of a planning application for change of use to a private home and is no longer open as a pub.[4]


A game at Harting v Elstead CC in 2010

In the 1920s Harting Hill (now the B2141 road) was the venue for one of the most important motor hill climbs in the country, with Frazer Nash, Aston Martin and Raymond Mays (Bugatti) participating.[5] The event was founded by Earl Russell in 1905.[6]

Harting Cricket Club serves all the Hartings.


The Anglican church often arranges community events and fundraising co-ordinated with congregations in the surrounding villages. The community also sets up events in South Gardens, a recreation area with a pond that has been used to host community events.[citation needed]

Every Whit Monday Harting celebrates the Festivities; this has happened since 1800 and is in support of the Old Club.[7]

Notable people[edit]

South Harting about 1905 with the White Hart pub on the right by the freestanding sign.

The painter Theodore Garman worked and painted in the village and is buried in the parish church graveyard.[8] The Victorian writer Anthony Trollope spent the last years of his life in South Harting. He moved to the village in 1880 and lived at The Grange. His pen, paperknife and letter scales are on display in the parish church. H.G Wells sometimes lived at Uppark as a young man; his mother was a lady's maid there. Bertrand Russell and his wife Dora founded the experimental Beacon Hill School[9] at Telegraph House, which was their residence in 1927.[10] Admiral Sir Horace Law lived in South Harting and was a lay preacher at the parish church, where a room is named after him.[11]


  1. ^ OS Explorer map 120: Chichester, South Harting and Selsey Scale: 1:25 000. Publisher:Ordnance Survey – Southampton B2 edition. Publishing Date:2009. ISBN 978 0319240793
  2. ^ a b c "GENUKI - Harting". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Collins, Judith, ‘’Eric Gill: The Sculpture’’, the Overlook Press, Woodstock N.Y., 1998 pp. 115-16
  4. ^ "South Harting's Ship Inn home plan to go to appeal". Midhurst and Petworth Observer. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Mays, Raymond (1951). Split Seconds. Foulis. p. 33. 
  6. ^ Orme-Bannister, Graham (2007). South Harting Hill Climb 1905-1925. Newlands Press. ISBN 0-9552485-0-7. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Harting Festivities". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Gray, Jennifer (2002). The Life and Work of Theodore Garman (1924-1954) (PhD). University of Birmingham. 
  9. ^ David Harley Beacon Hill School
  10. ^ Kenneth Blackwell and Sheila Turcon Russell's Addresses
  11. ^ "Obituary - Admiral Sir Horace Law". The Telegraph. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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