West Wittering is a village and civil parish situated on the Manhood Peninsula in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies near the mouth of Chichester Harbour on the B2179 road 6.5 miles (10.5 km) south-west of Chichester close to the border with Hampshire. The sandy beach has been described as having excellent water quality.
The Parish Church
|Area||13.63 km2 (5.26 sq mi) |
|Population||2,700. 2011 Census|
|• Density||197/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||60 miles (97 km) NE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||PO20 7|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Chichester Harbour, a Site of Special Scientific Interest is partly within the parish. This is a wetland of international importance, a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a Special Area of Conservation. The harbour is of particular importance for wintering wildfowl and waders of which five species reach numbers which are internationally important.
Salt marsh, East Head
- Sarah Ayton, Olympic gold medalist.
- Michael Ball, actor and singer.
- Nicholas Lyndhurst, actor.
- Bevil Mabey (1916-2010), businessman and inventor.
- Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
- Sir Henry Royce, engineer, designer of Rolls-Royce cars and aero-engines. From 1917 until his death in 1933.
- Kate Winslet, actress.
At the mouth of Chichester Harbour lies the little settlement of West Wittering, beautiful and glittering when the sea flows round it at high tide, forlorn and untidy when it is out.— Clare Jerrold
- J.M. Wilson Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1872
- Clare Jerrold Picturesque Sussex, Hove, Combridge 1932
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