Westbourne, West Sussex

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Westbourne church.JPG
St John the Baptist Church
Westbourne is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area7.47 km2 (2.88 sq mi) [1]
Population2,309 [2] 2011 Census
• Density286/km2 (740/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU756074
• London56 miles (90 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Westbourne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPO10
Dialling code01243
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°51′41″N 0°55′35″W / 50.8614°N 0.9263°W / 50.8614; -0.9263Coordinates: 50°51′41″N 0°55′35″W / 50.8614°N 0.9263°W / 50.8614; -0.9263

Westbourne is a village, civil parish and electoral ward in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north east of Emsworth. The parish includes the hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth, and once included the settlements of Southbourne and Prinsted to the south.


The village stands on the River Ems, a small river flowing into Chichester Harbour at Emsworth. It is believed that the village takes its name from its position on the river, which traditionally marks the westernmost boundary of Sussex,[3] The River Ems was originally known as the Bourne, but was renamed by the 16th century chronicler Raphael Holinshed.[4]

The Emille cometh first between Racton and Stansted, then down to Emilswort or Emmesworth, and so into the Ocean, Seperating Sussex from Hampshire.

— Holinshed's Chronicle. 1577. Page 21

The parish covers an area of 1,846 acres (747 ha). The population of the village in 2011 is 2,309, 1,656 of whom are economically active, and who live in 1,000 households.[2]


Westbourne contains 66 listed buildings some dating back to the 16th Century,[3] though written evidence of habitation can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086.[5][6] The medieval Church of St John the Baptist is notable for its fine yew avenue, which is apparently the oldest in England, and walled graveyard. Nicholas Levett, a native of Petworth and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, was longtime minister of St John the Baptist. He was buried in Beckley, Oxfordshire, in 1687.[7]


Commonside forms the northern edge of the village of Westbourne. This area is centred on a village pub called the Cricketers which is located near the village cricket pitch. There are two other public houses, the White Horse and the Stag's Head, both in The Square, at the centre of the oldest part of the village. Until 2010, a third pub called the Good Intent was open in North Street, but this has now closed and has been converted to a private home.

As of April 2011, the north-eastern and eastern edges of the village now form boundaries with the newly designated South Downs National Park.


Westbourne is part of the Chichester constituency, a safe Conservative seat since 1924. The District Councillor is Roy Briscoe and the County Councillor is Andrew Kerry-Bedell.

Notable residents[edit]

  • On 16 May 1785 James Biden married Anne Silverlock at Westbourne, both parishioners, and the great-great-great-great-grandparents of 46th US President Joe Biden.[8]
  • George Sparkes (1845-1908), cricketer[9]
  • Tim Peake (1972–present), test pilot and astronaut[10] (though not currently living in Westbourne)


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
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  3. ^ a b About Westbourne - Westbourne Village Website
  4. ^ Reger, A J C (1967). A Short History of Emsworth and Warblington. Portsmouth: Pott and Horsey. p. 17.
  5. ^ National Archives Record from the Domesday Book
  6. ^ "Open Domesday: Westbourne". Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  7. ^ Alumni Oxoniensis: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714 : Their Parentage, Birthplace, and Year of Birth, with a Record of Their Degrees: Being the Matriculation Register of the University, University of Oxford, Joseph Foster, University of Oxford, Published by Parker, 1891
  8. ^ Joshua Nevett & William McLennan (12 June 2021). "Joe Biden: Unearthing the president's unsung English roots". BBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Player profile: George Sparkes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Astronaut profile: Tim Peake". ESA website.

Further reading[edit]

Roch, Lucinda and Toms, Matthew (2005) The Westbourne Story, Emsworth: Kenneth Mason Publications, p. 192, ISBN 0-85937-404-1

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