infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Linchmere
latitude= 51.07091
longitude= -0.75999
population = 2,225 (2001)
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county = West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Chichester
post_town= HASLEMERE
postcode_district = GU27
postcode_area= GU
dial_code= 01428
os_grid_reference= SU869308

Linchmere, also often spelled Lynchmere, is village and a civil parish, the northernmost parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. As well as Linchmere village, the parish contains the settlements of Hammer and Camelsdale.

Linchmere parish is bordered to the north by Haslemere in Surrey with a tributary of the River Wey as boundary, to the east by Fernhurst parish, to the south by Linch civil parish with the Shulbrede stream as boundary, and to the west by the civil parish of Bramshott in Hampshire.

In the 2001 census there were in the civil parish 836 households, with a total population of 2,225 of whom 1,127 were economically active.


The name Linchmere was, in ancient times, spelled "Wlenchemere".

The area includes the remains of an Augustinian priory founded in 1200 and at first known as Woolynchmere Priory. Its later name, Shulbrede Priory, is now attached to the priory remains (located 1.4 km southwards from Linchmere village centre), to an associated manor house, and to the peerage of Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede.

The settlement at Hammer took its name from an iron mill which was active there from before 1573 until at least 1730. There were also other iron works in the district including one partly in what is now Fernhurst parish, in Furnace Wood near Lower Lodge Farm, apparently started a little before 1620. The associated water supply is still named Furnace Pond and is just 2.8km south of Linchmere village centre.


* External links (above)
* Ordnance Survey Explorer (scale 1:25,000) map 133 Haslemere & Petersfield

External links

* [ Linchmere Civil Parish Council information page]
* [ British History Online:Linchmere]
* [ The priory and manor of Lynchmere and Shulbrede]
* [ St Paul, Camelsdale]
* [ St Peter, Lynchmere]

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