Place:West Wittering, Sussex, England

NameWest Wittering
Coordinates50.781°N 0.896°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoChichester Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Manhood Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Westhampnett Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1933
Chichester Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1933-1974
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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West Wittering is a village and civil parish situated on English Channel coast of the Manhood Peninsula in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It lies near the mouth of Chichester Harbour on the B2179 road 6.5 miles (10.5 km) southwest of Chichester close to the border with Hampshire. The sandy beach has been described as having excellent water quality. (The sandy beach faces an area of the English Channel which is safe for swimming.)

The population in 1872 was 616. The 2001 UK census recorded a population of 2,684 which increased to 2,700 by the UK census of 2011.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"WITTERING (West), a parish, with a village, in Westhampnett [registration] district, Sussex; on the coast, 5½ miles SSW of Bosham [railway] station. It has a post-office under Chichester. Acres: 3,615; of which 1,245 are water. Real property: £4,550. Population: 616. Houses: 136. Cakeham is the seat of J. Gorham, Esq.
  • A palace of the Bishops of Chichester once stood here; and a lofty brick hexagonal tower connected with it, and built in the early part of the 16th century, still stands. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £172. Patron: the Bishop of..... The church is ancient. There are a national school, and charities £11.

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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