Stoughton, West Sussex

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Stoughton from the church.JPG
Stoughton seen from the churchyard
Stoughton is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area28.97 km2 (11.19 sq mi) [1]
Population659. 2011 Census[2]
• Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU802114
• London53 miles (85 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Stoughton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChichester
Postcode districtPO18 9
Dialling code023
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°53′49″N 0°51′39″W / 50.89697°N 0.8608°W / 50.89697; -0.8608Coordinates: 50°53′49″N 0°51′39″W / 50.89697°N 0.8608°W / 50.89697; -0.8608

Stoughton is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located nine kilometres (5.6 miles) north west of Chichester east of the B2146 road, on a lane leading to East Marden. The parish has a land area of 2,987 hectares (7,380 acres). In the 2001 census 631 people lived in 255 households, of whom 286 were economically active.[1] At the 2011 Census the population including Walderton had increased to 659.[2] The parish is crossed from west to east by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath, which passes through the villages of Stoughton and Walderton. There is one pub, The Hare and Hounds.

Famous 19th-century cricketer George Brown was born in the village.

The parish church[edit]

St. Mary's church

The church, standing on a hillside overlooking the village, is of late Saxon or early Norman origin.[3] Built around 1050, the church was restored around 1850. The Trinity Episcopal Church of Stoughton Massachusetts, USA received a stone from the ribbing in the old church's chancel area as a gift in 1935, presented to then Rector Marshall. It was placed in the floor of the pulpit.[citation needed] The restoration of some of its outer walls was at the behest of Elizabeth Killick, a naval engineer who was the first woman to become a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[4]


Kingley Vale lies on the border of the parish which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a national nature reserve. It is noted for its Yew woodlands.[5] The site is also known for its archaeological interest including the Bronze Age barrow cemetery known as the Devil's Humps, Bronze Age and Roman earthworks, cross dykes, a camp and a field system.

War Memorial[edit]

Memorial to Bolesiaw Wiasnowolski V.M., K.W.

There is a memorial to Pilot Officer Bolesław Własnowolski V.M., K.W., by the side of the path to Kingley Vale, next to the field where his Hurricane crashed in November 1940.[6]


  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 22 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ The corpus of Romanesque sculpture[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Killick obituary". The Times. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ "SSSI Citation — Kingley Vale" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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External links[edit]

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