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
 West Wittering shown within West Sussex
Area  13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,700. 2011 Census[2]
   – density  197/km2 (510/sq mi)
OS grid reference SZ779984
   – London  60 miles (97 km) NE 
Civil parish West Wittering
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO20 7
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
Website Parish Council
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°46′50″N 0°53′44″W / 50.78064°N 0.89564°W / 50.78064; -0.89564

West Wittering is a small village and civil parish, 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 and has a sandy beach with what has been described as excellent water quality.[3]

In 1872 it had a population of 616, a post office and a National School.[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]


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. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blue Flag Award". FEE International. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  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. 
  8. ^ "SSSI Citation — Chichester Harbour" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  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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