Place:Chichester District, West Sussex, England

NameChichester District
TypeDistrict municipality
Coordinates50.837°N 0.78°W
Located inWest Sussex, England     (1974 - )
See alsoChichester, Sussex, Englandmunicipal borough merged into the district in 1974
Midhurst Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district merged into the district in 1974
Petworth Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district merged into the district in 1974
Chichester Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district part merged into the district in 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Chichester District is a largely rural local government district in West Sussex, England. Its council is based in the city of Chichester as is that for the administrative county of West Sussex.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the municipal borough (city of) Chichester and Midhurst Rural District, Petworth Rural District and part of the former Chichester Rural District. There are 67 civil parishes in Chichester District. Apart from the City of Chichester, and the three towns of Midhurst, Selsey and Petworth, most are villages.

Chichester District occupies the western part of West Sussex, bordering on Hampshire to the west and Surrey to the north. Arun District and Horsham District abut to the east; the English Channel to the south. The district is divided by the South Downs escarpment, with the northern part being in the Weald, composed of a mixture of sandstone ridges and low-lying clays known as the Western Weald. To the south the dip slope of the downs falls gently to a flat coastal plain and the sea. The Western Weald is drained by the River Arun and its tributaries including the rivers Lox, Kird, and especially the River Rother and its tributaries: the River Lod and the Haslingbourne Stream. On the northern boundary Blackdown is the highest point in Sussex, while further east around Loxwood the land is low and quite flat. The south of the district has many permeable chalk and gravel areas and is drained by two winterbournes, the River Lavant and River Ems, which are usually dry in the summer. The large inlet known as Chichester Harbour and the headland of Selsey Bill are conspicuous features of the coast.

The district, apart from the few main roads, is generally rural in character, as can be seen by the number of villages within it. Apart from the coastal strip there are few main roads, and the erstwhile railways which once served Midhurst have long been closed.

Chichester District has an area of 303.60 sq mi (786.32 km2) and a 2018 estimate of its population was 120,750.


West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council are major employers in Chichester, along with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars assembly plant at nearby Westhampnett. Boatbuilding is an important industry along the coast. Many people from the northern parts of the district commute to work in London, using the A3 road or the railways from Portsmouth to London Waterloo station and Littlehampton to London Victoria Station. Fertile soils on the coastal plain are used for arable farming and intensive vegetable production. High sunlight levels and a mild climate also make the coastal region suitable for glasshouse growing. A fertile strip of land on the north side of the River Rother is also used for vegetable growing, but most of the area north of the Downs is of low agricultural value and there are large areas of forest and pasture, interspersed with arable cropping.

List of Parishes

Parish Population (2011 Census) Area in Hectares Density Former Local Administration
Appledram 169 372 0.5 Chichester Rural District
Barlavington no data Petworth Rural District
Bepton 234 793 0.3 Midhurst Rural District
Bignor no data Petworth Rural District
Birdham 1,483 644 2.3 Chichester Rural District
Bosham 2,900 1100 2.6 Chichester Rural District
Boxgrove 957 1169 0.8 Chichester Rural District
Bury 2,201 5875 0.4 Petworth Rural District
Chichester 26,795 1067 25.1 Chichester Municipal Borough
Chidham and Hambrook 1,356 639 2.1 Chichester Rural District
Cocking 420 1016 0.4 Midhurst Rural District
Compton 463 2414 0.2 Chichester Rural District
Donnington 2,228 825 2.7 Chichester Rural District
Duncton 345 801 0.4 Petworth Rural District
Earnley 459 652 0.7 Chichester Rural District
Eartham 111 1331 0.1 Chichester Rural District
Easebourne 1,820 1795 1.0 Midhurst Rural District
Eastdean (near Chichester) 206 1664 0.1 Chichester Rural District
East Lavington 273 797 0.3 Midhurst Rural District
East Wittering 4,658 345 13.5 Chichester Rural District
Ebernoe 213 1239 0.2 near Petworth, made a parish lately
Elsted and Treyford 246 1590 0.2 Midhurst Rural District
Fernhurst 2,942 2337 1.3 Midhurst Rural District
Fishbourne 2,325 361 6.4 In Westhampnett Reg Dist, as New Fishbourne, split in 1933, mostly in Chichester
Fittleworth 978 1514 0.6 Petworth Rural District
Funtington 1,549 2002 0.8 Chichester Rural District
Graffham 516 1181 0.4 Midhurst Rural District
Harting 1,451 3216 0.5 Midhurst Rural District
Heyshott 270 938 0.3 Midhurst Rural District
Hunston 1,257 462 2.7 Chichester Rural District
Kirdford 1,063 2009 0.5 Petworth Rural District
Lavant 1,656 1653 1.0 Chichester Rural District
Linch no data Midhurst Rural District
Linchmere 2,392 903 2.6 Midhurst Rural District
Lodsworth 672 1246 0.5 Midhurst Rural District
Loxwood 1,480 1824 0.8 Petworth Rural District
Lurgashall 609 2097 0.3 Midhurst Rural District
Marden no data Chichester Rural District
Midhurst 4,914 333 14.7 Midhurst Rural District
Milland 891 2378 0.4 Chapelry in Trotton parish.
North Mundham 1,201 1021 1.2 Chichester Rural District
Northchapel 797 1362 0.6 Petworth Rural District
Oving 1,051 1397 0.8 Chichester Rural District
Petworth 3,027 2690 1.1 Petworth Rural District
Plaistow 1,898 2102 0.9 Petworth Rural District
Rogate 1,556 2316 0.7 Midhurst Rural District
Selsey 10,737 966 11.1 Chichester Rural District
Sidlesham 1,171 1679 0.7 Chichester Rural District
Singleton 480 1601 0.3 Chichester Rural District
Southbourne 6,265 870 7.2 Chichester Rural District
Stedham with Iping 767 1081 0.7 Midhurst Rural District
Stopham no data Petworth Rural District
Stoughton 659 2897 0.2 Chichester Rural District
Sutton 425 22 19.3 Petworth Rural District
Tangmere 2,625 467 5.6 Chichester Rural District
Tillington 524 1416 0.4 Midhurst Rural District
Trotton with Chithurst 329 768 0.4 Midhurst Rural District
Up Waltham no data (very small parish) Chichester Rural District
West Dean (near Chichester) 481 2484 0.2 Chichester Rural District
West Itchenor 289 169 1.7 Chichester Rural District
West Lavington 276 245 1.1 Midhurst Rural District
West Thorney 1,183 490 2.4 Chichester Rural District
West Wittering 2,700 1054 2.6 Chichester Rural District
Westbourne 2,309 747 3.1 Chichester Rural District
Westhampnett 709 887 0.8 Chichester Rural District
Wisborough Green 1,414 1757 0.8 Petworth Rural District
Woolbeding with Redford 147 729 0.2 Midhurst Rural District
Chichester District, Totals 115,522 81796 1.4

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