East Dean, West Sussex

East Dean, West Sussex

infobox UK place
country = England

static_image_caption=East Dean pond
latitude= 50.90853
longitude= -0.71689
official_name =East Dean
population =
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county= West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Chichester
postcode_district =
os_grid_reference= SU903129

East Dean is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 9 kilometres (6 miles) north east of Chichester on a narrow road between Singleton on the A286 and Upwaltham on the A285 road.

The village set in a valley in the South Downs has an Anglican parish church dedicated to All Saints, and a nonconformist chapel. The village hall was formerly the school and bears the date 1782. There is one pub, "The Star and Garter". The church, the pub and most of the houses are built of flint, usually with brick quoins and window dressings. A fire in 1852 destroyed eight houses and several barns, leaving others damaged. Slate roofs replaced the thatch on some of these. The pond is considered to be the source of the River Lavant. The Monarch's Way long-distance footpath crosses the parish on the downs to the south of the village.

The parish has a land area of 1663.5 hectares (4109 acres). In the 2001 census 217 people lived in 102 households, of whom 107 were economically active.

Notable residents

The playwright Christopher Fry lived in the village [ [http://lib.rochester.edu/camelot/intrvws/fry.htm Interview with Christopher Fry] ] in later life and died in Chichester on 30 June 2005 from natural causes.


Flint tools from the stone age can often be found on the downs and there are a number of bronze age round barrows in the parish. The outline of celtic fields can still be seen on Court Hill north of the village. Roman pottery and coins have been found in the village.


East Dean also have a football team, founded in 1880, that plays in the West Sussex premier league.


ee also

* [http://www.webteams.co.uk/Home.aspx?team=eastdean East Dean football club]

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