infobox UK place
country = England

latitude= 50.84687
longitude= -0.45663
official_name =Patching
population =
shire_district= Arun
shire_county= West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Arundel and South Downs
postcode_district =
os_grid_reference= TQ087063

Patching is a small village and civil parish that lies amidst the fields and woods of the southern slopes of the South Downs in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It has a history going back to before the Domesday survey of 1087. It is located 4 miles (6.4km) to the east of Arundel, to the north of the A27 road. The civil parish covers an area of 846.12ha and has a population of 230 persons (2001 census).

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.

Michelgrove Park, once the site of a great house where Sir William Shelley entertained Henry VIII and later home of the Shelley Baronets, lies 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.

ee also

The book "Bricks and Water", taking its title from the brick and tile works in Clapham and the source of water from Patching Pond that was used for farming, charts 100 years of social History in Patching and its neighbouring village Clapham. [Gillard D.,Best, Sir R., Bacon E. & Crowther A.,"Bricks and Water: 100 Years of Social History in Clapham and Patching Villages", Wyndeham Press Group, 2000, ISBN 0-9539742-0-0]


External links

* [ Angmering Project] has all of Angmering census returns and surrounding villages including Patching available to view.

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