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Birdham Pool
Birdham is located in West Sussex
 Birdham shown within West Sussex
Area  6.96 km2 (2.69 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,483. 2011 Census[2]
   – density  202/km2 (520/sq mi)
OS grid reference
   – London  58 miles (93 km) NNE 
Civil parish Birdham
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PO20 7
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
List of places
West Sussex

Birdham is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located on the Manhood Peninsula, about five miles (8 km) south west of the city of Chichester. The parish church is dedicated to St James although the dedication was to St. Leonard until c 1900.

The nearest railway station is some three miles (5 km) northeast of the village, at Chichester or Fishbourne.

The village sits on the shores of Chichester Harbour and is home to a locked marina on the site of a former tide mill pond. The tide mill building itself still exists.[3] In between it and Chichester marina are the lockgates to the disused Chichester Canal opened in 1822. The local school is Birdham C of E Primary School. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,408.

HMS Birdham, a minesweeper, launched on 19 September 1955, was named after the village.

Birdham parish church
Stirlands Cricket Club


The only evidence of prehistoric settlement is a Bronze Age settlement.[4]

Birdham is first mentioned in a series of Anglo-Saxon charters relating to land grants to the See of Selsey. Unfortunately most of these are forgeries,[5][6]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Post medieval and Industrial – AD 1485-1899" (PDF). Chichester Harbour Conservancy.  Retrieved 11 February 2015
  4. ^ The Birdham assemblage: further finds of Middle and Late Bronze Age pottery from the Sussex Coastal Plain Retrieved 10 February 2015
  5. ^ British History Online]
  6. ^ L Fleming. History of Pagham in Sussex illustrating the administration of an archiepiscopal hundred, the decay of manorial organisation and the rise of a seaside resort, 1950.

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