The Community served by Kirdford Parish Council

Kirdford is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester, West Sussex, located 6.5 kilometres (4.0 miles) north east of Petworth. The parish has a land area of 2,008 hectares (4,960 acres). - In the 2001 census 912 people lived in 373 households, of whom 448 were economically active. In the 2011 census 1,063 people lived in 474 households, of whom 757 were economically active.

The village has an Anglican church dedicated to St John the Baptist, a chapel and two pubs, The Foresters and the Half Moon. Other amenities include a community shop and the village hall which was enlarged in 1977.

In the Middle Ages iron production using ironstone and charcoal and forest glassmaking were important industries. In the twentieth century apple growing was established through a co-operative venture, Kirdford Growers, based at the western end of the village. This has now ended and the warehouse site is a housing estate.

In 2011, Kirdford Village Stores won 'Best Corner Shop' in the Telegraph's Best Small Shops in Britain Awards.

The parish church:

There is no reference to a church in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Grade I listed church of St. John the Baptist is built of local sandstone and roofed with Horsham stone slabs. Herringbone masonry and the style of column capitals indicate that the nave is early twelfth century. The north aisle is thirteenth century and the tower fifteenth. The tower carries a peal of six bells and a clock. There are four stained glass windows by Charles Eamer Kempe.

Near the road junction to the west of the church, an inscribed stone set into the old rectory wall warns against drunkenness in no uncertain terms.

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Community Shop


KIRDFORD SHOPPING BUS for the elderly without their own transport:

For details contact Karen Haynes Tel: 01403 820540


Garden Poultry Care - Holiday Homes for Hens! Tel: 01403 820796 or e-mail: niko@gardenquails.com for more details.

Ian T, Parkinson - Carpentry and Bespoke Fitted Furniture - Tel: 01403 820623 - Mobile: 07786 060540 or e-mail: magsandian05@btinternet.com

Margaret and Ian Parkinson - Bed and Breakfast at The Stable Suite, Stag Cottage, Balls Cross - Tel: 01403 820623 or e-mail: magsandian05@btinternet.com.

D. Sanderson Garden Services - Tel: 01403 820755 - Mobile: 07846 138810 or e-mail: sandersonslogs@outlook.com.

Sanderson's Logs, Ganders Gate Farm, Kirdford Tel: 01403 820755 or e-mail: sandersonslogs@outlook.com.

Scammell's Garage, Balls Cross - Vehicle Repairs; Sales and Service; Petrol - Tel: 01403 820343


Your local PCSO – Neil Billingham – email: Neil.billingham@sussex.police.uk

Rural Crime PCSO - Colin Booker - email: colin.booker@sussex.police.uk

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