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Grid reference: TQ087063
Location: 50°50’49"N, 0°27’24"W
Population: 259  (2011[1])
Post town: Worthing
Postcode: BN13
Dialling code: 01903
Local Government
Council: Arun
Arundel and South Downs

Patching is a small village and parish in Sussex that lies amid the fields and woods of the southern slopes of the South Downs in the National Park. It has a visible hill-workings history going back to before the Domesday survey of 1086-7. It is centred four miles to the east of Arundel, to the north of the A27 road. The civil parish covers an area of 2,090 acres.

In the centre of the village is the 13th century Church of St John the Divine, restored in 1888. Above the village on the South Downs are groups of neolithic flint mines, represented by slight hollows and mounds.[2]

Michelgrove Park, once the site of a great house where Sir William Shelley entertained Henry VIII and later home of the Shelley Baronets, is in the north of the parish. It is crossed by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath marking the supposed route of Charles II's flight to France in 1651.


  1. Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 '[Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. Nairn, Ian; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1965). The Buildings of England: Sussex. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 222–3. ISBN 0-14-071028-0. 

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