Fittleworth


Fittleworth

infobox UK place
country = England
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static_image_caption=Church of St. Mary
latitude= 50.96527
longitude= -0.56381
official_name =Fittleworth
population =
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county= West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Horsham
post_town=
postcode_district =
postcode_area=
dial_code=
os_grid_reference= TQ009194

Fittleworth is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 7 kilometres (3 miles) west of Pulborough on the A283 road. The village has an Anglican church, a primary school and one pub, the Swan. In the 2001 census the parish covered 1164.0 Hectares (2875 acres) and had 405 households with a total population of 931 people, of whom 434 were economically active.

The artist Charles Henry Sims lived there in the early 1900s. [Simon Reynolds, "Sims, Charles Henry (1873–1928)", "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36107 accessed 27 June 2007] ]

In 1925, the Swan Inn became the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers' "No.0 Vat". [The pubs that made history, Ian Herbert and Danielle Dwyer, "The Independent", London, February 10, 2006]

It was served by Fittleworth railway station, on a branch line of the now-defunct Midhurst Railways, from 1889 to 1963. [Smith, Keith and Mitchell, Vic (1981). Branch Lines to Midhurst. Middleton. ISBN 0-906520-01-0]

Cultural links

It was the home of the composer Edward Elgar for a number of years. Sculptor Alan Thornhill spent his childhood [ [http://www.alanthornhill.co.uk/Spirit%20in%20Mass%20film.htm Spirit in Mass - Journey into Sculpture (2007) UK Film (PG)] ] , between 1925 and 1936 here, his family building 'Rotherwood'.Explorer and broadcaster Duncan Carse lived in the village for over 40 years until his death in 2004.

George ‘Boko’ Fittleworth - Bertie Wooster's friend - was a fictional character of P.G. Wodehouse. Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was born near Guildford; knowledge of this area may be a clue to his inventiveness.

Architect Clough Williams-Ellis produced designs in 1914 and 1929 for Little Bognor's Maxse family. He also made a design for a Hesworth Common War Memorial. [List of works by Clough Williams-Ellis]

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