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|Area||11.71 km2 (4.52 sq mi) |
|Population||1,794  2001 Census|
1,816 (Census 2011)
|• Density||153/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||41 miles (66 km) NNE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
Thakeham is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. The village is situated approximately 18 miles (30 km) north-east from the county town of Chichester; the parish includes the hamlets of Abingworth and Goose Green.
The name Thakeham means "thatched homestead" and the original village had just one main street ("The Street") which is home to the village's only pub, The White Lion, and church. The parish has a land area of 1170.6 hectares (2891 acres). In the 2001 census 1794 people lived in 684 households, of whom 948 were economically active. At the 2011 Census the population was 1,816.
To the south of the village, the main village's population resides. This area is technically the hamlet of Abingworth although few locals know it as anything other than Thakeham. Abingworth contains a large mushroom farm together with several mainly modern houses, the football and cricket grounds & the village hall.
The mushroom factory originally existed on two sites - the main remaining site sits between the original village and the edge of Abingworth. A secondary location further south was sold for housing in the early noughties. From the profits from the sale, Sussex Mushrooms modernised and consolidated the going concern at the remaining site. In April 2011 after much delay, Horsham District Council announced they had approved the plans for 150 new homes. By 2018, some houses are now built around a new cricket pitch. In addition, the developers are building a new village hall, a building which is yet to undergo planning approval for a veterinary surgery and shop/café plus a cricket pavilion and changing rooms for two new football pitches near the Storrington Road.
On Merrywood Lane is Little Thakeham, a Grade I listed country house, designed by the architect Edwin Lutyens in 1902. Further south are two schools (Thakeham Primary and Steyning Grammar Rock Road) and Thakeham Tiles, the other industry in the village, all situated on Rock Road.
A village cricket team representing Linfield Mushrooms (as they were then called) folded in the 1970s but a club was revived following a merger with neighbours, West Chiltington, at the end of the 20th century to form West Chiltington & Thakeham Cricket Club. As part of the developer's proposals, a new cricket pitch is now in situ with a new pavilion beyond where the new Thakeham Village FC football pitches have been sited. The cricket club now runs their Men's 3rd XI plus the Women’s T20 and some colts games there.
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- Media related to Thakeham at Wikimedia Commons