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Yapton is located in West Sussex
 Yapton shown within West Sussex
Area  7.9 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Population 3,571 (Civil Parish.2011)[1]
   – density  452/km2 (1,170/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU979031
   – London  52 miles (84 km) NNE 
Civil parish Yapton
District Arun
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARUNDEL
Postcode district BN18
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Website http://www.yaptonpc.gov.uk/
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°49′12″N 0°36′40″W / 50.81999°N 0.61121°W / 50.81999; -0.61121

Yapton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is centred three miles (4.8 km) north east of Bognor Regis at the intersection of the B2132 and B2233 roads.

The parish of Yapton lies on the coastal plain south west of Arundel, between the South Downs and the sea. St Mary the Virgin parish church, 13th century or earlier in origin,[2] is in the centre of the village. It houses a twelfth-century font. The village includes Yapton C of E Primary School.

Other settlements in the parish include Bilsham and Flansham. Bilsham Chapel is a deconsecrated former chapel of ease to St Mary the Virgin Church; it dates from the 13th–14th century but fell out of use in the mid-16th century. The building is now a house.[3]


The disused Portsmouth and Arundel Canal which linked nearby the River Arun to Chichester Harbour, runs through the village. This was built primarily on the financial case it would be a safe inland shipping route between London and Portsmouth avoiding the then risk of attack in the English Channel by the French. Throughout its lifetime, 1823-1855 - a time when the Wey and Arun Canal was open (having opened 7 years earlier and having closed in 1871) - the route was used for transporting agricultural goods and munitions, for instance, from Chilworth and Hanworth gunpowder works and to/from the military docks on the lower Thames in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches South East to Climping with a total population of 5,926 at the 2011 Census.[4]

Were you born in Yapton?[edit]

St Mary's Church

There is a well-known joke in Sussex: "Were you born in Yapton?" This question is asked when someone has forgotten to close a door. It is believed to refer to the eighteenth-century practice of leaving doors open or unlocked so that smugglers could hide their goods in the nearest house when they were being chased by excise men.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Duncan Goodhew, the Olympic swimming maestro was brought up in Yapton. There is a residential road, Goodhew Close, named after him. Sculptor Ginger Gilmour works from a 15th-century farmhouse[6] near Yapton,[7] where she has created several studios.[6] The poet Andrew Young (poet) lived in Yapton after he retired in 1959.[8]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ British History Online; Yapton
  3. ^ Hudson, T. P. (ed) (1997). "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 5 Part 1 – Arundel Rape (south-western part including Arundel). Yapton". Victoria County History of Sussex. British History Online. pp. 245–261. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ward Population 2011". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  5. ^ West Sussex County Council
  6. ^ a b Shewry, Brian (2004-08-19). "Ginger's quest is where angels are always pleased to tread". Littlehampton Gazette: 31–32. 
  7. ^ "Sculpture attack casts shadow over arts festival". West Sussex Gazette (7896). 2006-08-23. 
  8. ^ "About Andrew Young | The University of Edinburgh". www.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 

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