Yapton shown within West Sussex
|Area||7.91 km2 (3.05 sq mi) |
|Population||3,522 2001 Census|
|- Density||446 /km2 (1,160 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||52 miles (84 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Bognor Regis and Littlehampton|
Yapton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is three miles (4.8 km) to the North East of Bognor Regis at the intersection of the B2132 and B2233 roads. The civil parish covers an area of 791 hectares (1,950 acres) and has a population of 3522 persons (2001 census).
The parish of Yapton lies on the coastal plain south west of Arundel, between the South Downs and the sea. St Mary the Virgin parish church, 13th century or earlier in origin, is in the centre of the village. It houses a twelfth century font. The village includes Yapton C of E Primary School.
Other settlements in the parish include Bilsham and Flansham. Bilsham Chapel is a deconsecrated former chapel of ease to St Mary the Virgin Church; it dates from the 13th–14th century but fell out of use in the mid-16th century. The building is now a house.
The disused Portsmouth and Arundel Canal which linked the River Arun to Chichester Harbour, runs through the village. This was built as part of a safe inland shipping route between London and Portsmouth avoiding the then considerable hazards of coastal waters and attack by the French.
Were you born in Yapton?
There is a well-known joke in Sussex: "Were you born in Yapton?" This question is asked when someone has forgotten to close a door. It is believed to refer to the eighteenth-century practice of leaving doors open or unlocked so that smugglers could hide their goods in the nearest house when they were being chased by excise men.
Duncan Goodhew, the Olympic swimming maestro was brought up in Yapton. There is a residential road, Goodhew Close, named after him. Sculptor Ginger Gilmour works from a 15th-century farmhouse near Yapton, where she has created several studios.
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
- British History Online; Yapton
- Hudson, T. P. (ed) (1997). "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 5 Part 1 – Arundel Rape (south-western part including Arundel). Yapton". Victoria County History of Sussex. British History Online. pp. 245–261. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- West Sussex County Council
- Shewry, Brian (2004-08-19). "Ginger's quest is where angels are always pleased to tread". Littlehampton Gazette: 31–32.
- "Sculpture attack casts shadow over arts festival". West Sussex Gazette (7896). 2006-08-23.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Yapton|