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Warningcamp is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi)
Population156 (Civil Parish.2011)[1]
• Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ033071
• London48 miles (77 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Warningcamp
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townARUNDEL
Postcode districtBN18
Dialling code01903
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°51′18″N 0°32′01″W / 50.85489°N 0.53365°W / 50.85489; -0.53365Coordinates: 50°51′18″N 0°32′01″W / 50.85489°N 0.53365°W / 50.85489; -0.53365

Warningcamp is a clustered village and larger, semi-wooded mid-size civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is centred 1 mile (1.6 km) ENE of Arundel, on the east bank of the River Arun. The south-east quarter of the parish is woodland.


A medieval chapelry community of the parish of Lyminster, it contained 119 inhabitants in 1848. The tithes continued to belong until close to that date to Eton College however were commuted for £191 10s (equivalent to £18,160 in 2019) saving a small glebe of 4 acres (1.6 ha) for the College to help to support the position of the priest.[2]

Contemporary description[edit]

Local historian Mary Barber wrote in 2002 that:[3] [excessive quote]

"Warningcamp has even been called a 'township'. The former Arundel Youth Hostel, actually in Warningcamp, brought in some 7,000 visitors a year.

Most residents now work elsewhere or are retired. There are now five main areas of buildings; for convenience described Lower, Middle and Upper Warningcamp, Blakehurst and the Dover. The oldest surviving buildings are timber-framed from the 16th century. There was a village school from the 19th century until it closed in 1926. Warningcamp [as part of Leominster, had a] chapel dated from the 12th century, until the late 18th century [when it disappeared]. In the 19th century, the village school building was used as a chapel which finally was closed in the 1960s.

People often miss Warningcamp, on the east bank of the River Arun opposite Arundel, on their way to Burpham [an isolated hillside village with many more listed buildings]. It is a very linear development stretched out mainly along the east-west road from the River Arun. It has altered its boundaries over the centuries to include Calceto Priory and Clay Lane; hence they are included where relevant. At this present time, they come under Lyminster Parish, with the southern boundary of Warningcamp stretching through the woods to the Dover. An ancient boundry [sic] bank can still be seen near the ditch. The highest point near the north-east boundary is at 58m [sic]. The underlaying geology of alluvial flood plain, chalk, head, Reading beds, and clay with flints... [sic]

Warningcamp lists its facilities as one telephone box, two post boxes and a bus shelter, making it one of the poorest served communities in West Sussex, and officially a hamlet (no church, no school, pub or shop)."

The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath passes through the village close to the former youth hostel. The parish has many footpaths and rises from 2m above mean high tide at the River Arun to 68m above Ordnance Datum along some of its north edge.


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ Samuel Lewis (publisher) (1848). "Warmfield - Warsop". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ Barber, Mary (1 January 2002). Warningcamp: The History of a Sussex Community. Woodfield Publishing. ISBN 978-1-903953-29-7.

External links[edit]

Media related to Warningcamp at Wikimedia Commons