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Westhampnet Church.JPG
Church of St. Peter
Westhampnett is located in West Sussex
Westhampnett shown within West Sussex
Area 8.89 km2 (3.43 sq mi) [1]
Population 709. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU883062
• London 53 miles (85 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Westhampnett
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO18
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°50′56″N 0°44′49″W / 50.84888°N 0.74691°W / 50.84888; -0.74691Coordinates: 50°50′56″N 0°44′49″W / 50.84888°N 0.74691°W / 50.84888; -0.74691

Westhampnett is a village and civil parish in the district of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north-east of Chichester on the former A27 road, now by-passed.


As originally developed, the village is a scattering of houses around an Anglican parish church of Saxon origin, dedicated to St. Peter. The large churchyard contains an unusually large number of elaborate headstones, including plain and Celtic crosses, indicating a wealthy congregation in past centuries.

Civil parish[edit]

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Maudlin, .5 kilometres (0.31 mi) north east, along the Roman road called Stane Street, and Westerton, 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the north. Towards Chichester is a disused watermill on the River Lavant. To the north the parish extends to Goodwood Racecourse high on the South Downs, including Goodwood House and most of Goodwood Airfield and motor racing circuit. The parish has a land area of 888.52 hectares (2,195.6 acres). In the 2001 census 460 people lived in 161 households, of whom 234 were economically active.[1]

RAF Westhampnett[edit]

The airfield began as a World War II fighter base, opened in 1940 during the Battle of Britain when it was home to two Spitfire squadrons.[3] Later used by the United States Air Force fighter squadrons, flying British Spitfires and Typhoons. Goodwood is now the venue for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, at Goodwood House, and Goodwood Revival, at the motor racing circuit.


Between Westhampnett church and Maudlin is the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars assembly plant, producing and testing the finished cars. Just to the south of the church is Chichester District’s main waste recycling centre.

England cricketer James Lillywhite was born in the village. Lillywhite was a member of England's first Test team in the first ever Test match in 1877 against Australia. Lillywhite was also the first captain of the England team. His grave is located within the graveyard of St. Peter's church

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Battle of Britain 11 Group

External links[edit]

A new parish website was published in November 2016 http://www.westhampnett.org/

Media related to Westhampnett at Wikimedia Commons