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All Hallows Church
Woolbeding is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area7.29 km2 (2.81 sq mi) [1]
Population147. 2011 Census[2]
• Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU872228
• London44 miles (71 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Woolbeding with Redford
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMidhurst
Postcode districtGU29
Dialling code01730
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°59′53″N 0°45′29″W / 50.998°N 0.758°W / 50.998; -0.758Coordinates: 50°59′53″N 0°45′29″W / 50.998°N 0.758°W / 50.998; -0.758

Woolbeding is a village and ecclesiastical parish[3] in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England, 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of Midhurst and north of the River Rother and A272 road.

The civil parish of Woolbeding with Redford has a land area of 1,801 acres (729 ha). The 2001 census recorded 158 people living in 70 households, of whom 83 were economically active.[1]


Woolbeding House

Woolbeding was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) in the ancient hundred of Easebourne as having 24 households: 14 villagers, 5 smallholders and five slaves; with woodland, ploughing land, meadows, a mill and church, it had a value to the lord of the manor of £6.[4]

Woolbeding Bridge across the River Rother is a medieval one, with three arches and two cutwaters.[5]

The large 18th century country house, Woolbeding House, is a Grade I listed building.[6] It was the home of the late Simon Sainsbury of the Sainsbury supermarket family.

The National Trust owns the Woolbeding Estate, which includes Woolbeding and Pound Commons which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Telegraph Hill, 1 mile (1.6 km) from Woolbeding, was the site of a station on the semaphore line from London to Portsmouth which operated from 1822 to 1847. It was previously called "Holder" or "Older" Hill.

In 1861, the parish's area was 2,253 acres (912 ha), with a population of 338.[3]

Parish church[edit]

All Hallows parish church is a Grade I listed building. The oldest parts of the church are Saxon. The tower is small, with eight short pinnacles in a vaguely medieval style. It was built in 1728[7] but it has lancet windows that look like re-used Saxon or Norman ones.[citation needed] The present chancel is Gothic Revival and was built in 1870[7] but the nave has tall Anglo-Saxon proportions,[8] with plain pilasters from ground to roof, and a blocked doorway. There are more pilasters on the north wall, including a truncated one with traces of a filled-in window above it. The quoins are of large stones. These features suggest a Saxon date for the main body of the church.

Inside the church is a wall monument to Lady Dame Margaret Mill, wife of Sir Richard Mill of Woolbeding, daughter of Robert Knollys, Esq., of "Grove Place, Co. Southampton", died 1744, aged 56. The coat of arms shown is Per fesse Argent and Sable, a pale, and three bears salient, two and one, counterchanged, muzzled and chained Or,[9] impaling Gules, on a chevron Argent three roses of the field, a canton Argent (recte: Ermine [10]).

Next to a wall that separates the churchyard from the grounds of the manor house is a miniature mausoleum with Tuscan columns and square pilasters, with a frieze of military trophies such as pikes, rifles, cannon, battleaxes, drums and a helmet. There is a line of ancient yew trees near the church.

Woolbeding poets[edit]

The English Romantic poet Charlotte Turner Smith lived at Woolbeding House in the mid-1780s.

Two poets grew up in the parish, each the son of a Rector of All Hallows parish, but in different centuries: Thomas Otway (1652-1685) and Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921); whose father was Rector from 1855 to 1875.


  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 22 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "GENUKI: Woolbeding". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Open Domesday: Woolbeding". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 386.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Woolbeding House (1221573)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 385.
  8. ^ Taylor; Taylor (1965). Anglo-Saxon Architecture. Cambridge University Press. p. 684.
  9. ^ "Mill, Baronet". Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. 1830. (Baronetcy created 1619).
  10. ^ Berry, William. "Knollys". Encyclopedia Heraldica, or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry.


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