Compton, West Sussex – Wikipedia

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Human settlement in England

Compton Church
Compton is located in West Sussex

Area 17.51 km2 (6.76 sq mi) [1]
Population 463. 2011 Census[2]
• Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU776147
• London 52 miles (84 km) NE
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO18
Dialling code 023
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
UK Parliament

50°55′39″N 0°53′49″W / 50.92748°N 0.89701°W / 50.92748; -0.89701Coordinates: 50°55′39″N 0°53′49″W / 50.92748°N 0.89701°W / 50.92748; -0.89701

Compton is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex. The village lies on the B2146 road, six miles (9.7 km) southeast of Petersfield, Hampshire and eight miles (13 km) northwest of Chichester. The parish also includes the villages of West Marden and Up Marden.

The village has a long history, perhaps first being mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great. It is in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

High ground nearby is known as Compton Down and on a part of the down known as Telegraph Hill there was an Admiralty semaphore station.

The church of England parish church dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin, dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, but was heavily restored in 1849. The building is flint-faced with stone dressings and a tiled roof. It has a chancel and nave with south aisle, north porch and western bell turret, which is weather boarded with a shingled spire. It is a Grade II* listed building,[4] and currently forms part of the Octagon Parish team ministry.[5]


  1. ^

    “2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish” (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2009.

  2. ^ “Civil Parish population 2011”. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ Charter S 1507 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine at the Electronic Sawyer
  4. ^ Historic England, “THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY (1026421)”, National Heritage List for England, retrieved 20 August 2022
  5. ^ “The Octagon”. The Octagon Parish. Retrieved 20 August 2022.

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