Walberton

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Walberton
Walberton St Mary.jpg
St Mary's Church, Walberton
Walberton is located in West Sussex
Walberton
Walberton
Walberton shown within West Sussex
Area 10.44 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population 2,174 (Civil Parish.2011)[1]
• Density 208/km2 (540/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU972059
• London 50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Walberton
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARUNDEL
Postcode district BN18
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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UK
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West SussexCoordinates: 50°50′41″N 0°37′11″W / 50.84471°N 0.6198°W / 50.84471; -0.6198

Walberton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England centred five miles (8 km) north-west of Littlehampton, and south of the A27 road. The land rises from 10 metres above sea level to 35 metres, a quarter of the height of the nearest foothill, Nore Hill, of the South Downs which is outside of the parish to the north. The civil parish, administering local community buildings, fields and paths includes the smaller village of Binsted to the east and larger neighbourhood of Fontwell, less than a kilometre to the north-west. Walberton has a medieval church by its clustered village centre; Binsted's medieval church retains its original landscape setting, with village houses dispersed over the farm fields.

Amenities[edit]

St Mary's Church in Walberton has a Saxon font and west wall. The The Holly Tree is recorded as a pub from 1845 and received its present name in 1867.[2] Towards the end of the village there is a small duck pond. There are a few shops and a post office next to the modern village hall.

Binsted has a pub, the Black Horse and a Norman church built in AD 1140 by the monks of Tortington Priory to the immediate east.[3] Roman and medieval pottery and tile kilns have been excavated there.[4] Binsted also has a traditional summer festival, Strawberry Fair, where locally grown produce is sold for charity. Part of Binsted is within the South Downs National Park. The whole of Binsted's countryside was originally assessed by the Countryside Agency as meeting the criteria for inclusion.

In 2015, the community and wildlife of Binsted were being threatened by "Option B" proposals for an Arundel bypass.[5]

Walberton Village Hall

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward with the name Walberton exists. This stretches north-east to Madehurst, with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 2,889.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Sir William Anson (1843–1914), jurist, academic and politician, was born in Walberton.[7]
  • Frederick Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton (1883–1964), businessman and government minister, is buried in Walberton churchyard.[8]
  • Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992), children's writer, spent the latter part of her life in Walberton.[9]
  • The Hilton Avisford Park Hotel,[10] with its golf course between Walberton and Binsted, was formerly Avisford Roman Catholic Preparatory School for Boys (1928–73),[4] where BBC journalist Edward Stourton (born 1957) was head boy and Robert Nairac (1948–1977), an army officer abducted and murdered in Northern Ireland, spent a year teaching before university in the late 1960s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ British History Online: Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  3. ^ Remains of Tortington Priory and its fish pond Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1021459)". National Heritage List for England. 
  4. ^ a b T P Hudson (Editor), A P Baggs, H M Warne (1997). "Binsted". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 5 Part 1: Arundel Rape: south-western part, including Arundel. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 11 May 2014.  This includes a detailed architectural description of the church.
  5. ^ For the effects, see Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  7. ^ ODNB: H. C. G. Matthew: "Anson, Sir William Reynell, third baronet (1843–1914)" Retrieved 10 May 2014. Pay-walled.
  8. ^ Delorme, Mary (1987). Curious Sussex (London: Robert Hale). ISBN 0-7090-2970-5
  9. ^ Rosemary Sutcliff's ODNB entry: Retrieved 12 September 2011. Subscription required.
  10. ^ Avisford Park Hotel Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1222534)". National Heritage List for England. 

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