West Wittering

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West Wittering
West Wittering Parish Church.jpg
The Parish Church
West Wittering is located in West Sussex
West Wittering
West Wittering
Location within West Sussex
Area13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi) [1]
Population2,700. 2011 Census[2]
• Density197/km2 (510/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSZ779984
• London60 miles (97 km) NE
Civil parish
  • West Wittering
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO20
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
WebsiteParish Council
List of places
West Sussex
50°46′50″N 0°53′44″W / 50.78064°N 0.89564°W / 50.78064; -0.89564Coordinates: 50°46′50″N 0°53′44″W / 50.78064°N 0.89564°W / 50.78064; -0.89564

West Wittering is a village and civil parish situated on the Manhood Peninsula in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies near the mouth of Chichester Harbour on the B2179 road 6.5 miles (10.5 km) southwest of Chichester close to the border with Hampshire. The sandy beach has been described as having excellent water quality.[3]

The population in 1872 was 616.[4] The 2001 census records a population of 2,684.[1] There is a primary school.[5]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes some of Birdham and at the 2011 Census had a total population of 4,472.[6]

Natural history[edit]

Part of the Site of Special Scientific Interest Bracklesham Bay runs in between the coastline in the parish.[7]

Chichester Harbour, a Site of Special Scientific Interest is partly within the parish. This is a wetland of international importance, a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a Special Area of Conservation. The harbour is of particular importance for wintering wildfowl and waders of which five species reach numbers which are internationally important.[8]


Notable residents[edit]


The locality is referred to in Giles Cooper's Unman, Wittering and Zigo.[12]

At the mouth of Chichester Harbour lies the little settlement of West Wittering, beautiful and glittering when the sea flows round it at high tide, forlorn and untidy when it is out.

— Clare Jerrold


  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 5 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Blue Flag Beaches". FEE International. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Historical details".
  5. ^ "School details".
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "SSSI Citation — Bracklesham Bay" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 4 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "SSSI Citation — Chichester Harbour" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 7 April 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Sunday Times December 23, 2007".
  10. ^ "Sunday Mirror May 23, 1999".
  11. ^ Sunday Telegraph 29 October 2007 p14(Issue no 2,420)
  12. ^ 1971 Walton-on-Thames, Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd ISBN 0-17-432370-0

External links[edit]

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