South Stoke, West Sussex

South Stoke, West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°52′49″N 0°32′34″W / 50.88021°N 0.54279°W / 50.88021; -0.54279

South Stoke
South Stoke Church 2.JPG
South Stoke Church
South Stoke is located in West Sussex
South Stoke

 South Stoke shown within West Sussex
Area  5.35 km2 (2.07 sq mi) [1]
Population 44 [1] 2001 Census
    - Density  8 /km2 (21 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ026099
    - London  47 miles (76 km) NNE 
Parish South Stoke
District Arun
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARUNDEL
Postcode district BN18
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Arundel and South Downs
List of places: UK • England • West Sussex

South Stoke is a small village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is located two miles (3 km) to the north of Arundel, and is situated on the west bank of the River Arun on the edge of Arundel Park. It is reached by road from Arundel. A footpath leads to North Stoke on the east bank. The civil parish, which includes the hamlet of Offham, covers an area of 534.86 hectares (1,321.7 acres) and has a population of 44 persons (2001 census). The parish church, Saxon in origin, is dedicated to St Leonard. There is one public house, the Black Rabbit at Offham.

The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath crosses the western edge of the parish between Houghton and Arundel.

The village population declined after 1806 when common land was enclosed to make Arundel Park, depriving the villagers of sheep grazing land.

The parish church

The 11th century building is recorded in the Domesday Book, when the village was named as "Stoches". Built of flint it has a thin western tower which carries a 19th century broach spire with four slatted dormer windows. There is one bell dated 1657. The porch is 13th century.


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