South Harting

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South Harting
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South Harting seen from the church of St Mary and St Gabriel
South Harting is located in West Sussex
South Harting
South Harting
Location within West Sussex
OS grid referenceSU785195
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGU31
Dialling code01730
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°58′11″N 0°52′57″W / 50.96983°N 0.88263°W / 50.96983; -0.88263Coordinates: 50°58′11″N 0°52′57″W / 50.96983°N 0.88263°W / 50.96983; -0.88263

South Harting is a village within Harting civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England.[1] It lies on the B2146 road, 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Petersfield in Hampshire.

South Harting has two churches, one Anglican and one Congregational, plus 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.


South Harting, along with the hamlets of West Harting and East Harting, was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the large Manor of Harting (Hertinges).[2] 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/ FAN-shaw) family, in whose possession it remains.[3]

In 1861 the parish covered 7,832 acres (3,169 ha) and had a population of 1,247.[3]



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,[3] 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) [4] a World War I memorial by Eric Gill with the bas relief of St Patrick attributed to Gill being by Hilary Stratton.[5]

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]

Harting now has just one pub, The White Hart, a Grade II listed building that includes six bedrooms (and bathrooms). Only forty years ago the village had three pubs. The White Hart is owned and operated by Upham Breweries, a local Hampshire company.


A game at Harting Cricket Club 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.[6] The event was founded by Earl Russell in 1905.[7]

Harting Cricket Club serves all the Hartings. Harting have a football Club playing in the West Sussex Football League.


Every Whit Monday Harting celebrates the Festivities. Since 1880, the Harting Old Club has had its annual meeting on Whit Monday and the village Festivities started in 1961, replacing a traditional funfair which used to take centre stage in the street. All money raised at the Festivities goes to local groups and charity.[8] In 2022, for this year only, the Festivities will be held on Friday 03 June.[9]

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.[10] The Victorian writer Anthony Trollope spent the last years of his life in South Harting. He moved here 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[11] at Telegraph House, which was their residence in 1927.[12] Admiral Sir Horace Law lived in South Harting and was a lay preacher at the parish church, where a room is named after him.[13] Television presenter and producer Cliff Michelmore (1919-2016) was a local resident and was buried in the graveyard of the parish church in 2016.


  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. ^ "Open Domesday: (East, South and West) Harting". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "GENUKI - Harting". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  4. ^ Collins, Judith, ‘’Eric Gill: The Sculpture’’, the Overlook Press, Woodstock N.Y., 1998 pp. 115-16
  5. ^ Public Sculpture of Sussex (Public Sculpture of Britain series), Jill Seddon ,Peter Seddon, Anthony McIntosh, Liverpool University Press (30 Nov. 2014)
  6. ^ Mays, Raymond (1951). Split Seconds. Foulis. p. 33.
  7. ^ Orme-Bannister, Graham (2007). South Harting Hill Climb 1905-1925. Newlands Press. ISBN 0-9552485-0-7. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Harting Festivities". Harting Festivities.
  9. ^ "Harting Festivities". Harting Festivities.
  10. ^ Gray, Jennifer (2002). The Life and Work of Theodore Garman (1924-1954) (PhD). University of Birmingham.
  11. ^ David Harley Beacon Hill School
  12. ^ Kenneth Blackwell and Sheila Turcon Russell's Addresses
  13. ^ "Obituary - Admiral Sir Horace Law". The Telegraph. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2014.

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