Place:Poling, Sussex, England

Coordinates50.832°N 0.516°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoArundel Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Poling Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
East Preston Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Worthing Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1933-1974
Arun District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Poling is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Arundel on a minor road south of the A27 road. About 25% of the parish is wooded foothill slopes of the South Downs here located north of the A27.

The 2001 UK Census recorded 173 people lived in 75 households. At the 2011 UK Census the population had barely risen to 174. The parish covered an area of 3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi).

The small village has two Grade I Listed buildings: the Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas, and some remains of St John's Priory (founded by the Knights Hospitallers) beside the main road. Many of the cottages are Grade II listed.

In the Anglo-Saxon era Poling had outlying areas of land in the Weald (forest) within Sussex used for summer grazing and timber production. Thus Poling gave its name to the hamlet of Pallingham north of Stopham and the hamlet of Pallinghurst west of Rudgwick.

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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