|Area||17.82 km2 (6.88 sq mi) |
|Population||7,614 (Civil Parish.2011)|
|o Density||427/km2 (1,110/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|o London||49 miles (79 km) NNE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
Angmering is a village and civil parish between Littlehampton and Worthing in West Sussex on the southern edge of the South Downs National Park, England; about two-thirds of the parish (mostly north of the A27 road) fall within the Park. It is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the English Channel; Worthing and Littlehampton are 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east and west respectively. It has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and there are the remains of a Roman Villa and bath house. In 1976, Angmering was twinned with the Normandy town of Ouistreham on the "Riva-Bella", the location of the World War II Normandy Landings' Sword Beach.
Angmering railway station is mile from the village centre straddling the boundaries of Angmering and East Preston. Angmering is home to the Oval Raceway or Angmering Motor Sports Centre.Worthing Rugby Football Club, a national level professional rugby club, occupies extensive grounds in the east of the village.
Angmering Football Club play their home games at the Recreation Field in Decoy Drive. They play in the West Sussex Football League.
The name "Angmering" probably derives from a Saxon farming settlement of about 600AD. It is thought that the original name was "Angenmaering" meaning Angenmaer's people. Various name changes took place over the centuries and these included Angemeringatun, Angmerengatum, Angemaeringum, Angemeringe, Aingmarying, Angmarrying, Angemare and Ameringe. Towards the end of the 9th century Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, bequeathed to his kinsman Osferthe '... Angmerengatum and the land that thereto longyth'.
A large Roman villa was discovered nearby and part-excavated in the 1930s. The excavation was mainly centred on a large bath house complex comprising at least eight rooms. It may have been occupied by an important Roman citizen or a member of the Romano-British aristocracy, like the palace at Fishbourne, and dates from the same period of 65-75AD.
With the recent development of the Bramley Green site, an influx of new residents has brought Angmering's electoral ward's resident population at the 2011 census to 7,788. In 2001 the population was 5,639, illustrating the 38.1 per cent increase in the village's population over the last decade or so.
According to the Office for National Statistics based on the 2011 census 97.6 per cent of the 7,788 population of Angmering were White with 94.3 per cent being White British, 0.7 per cent White Irish and 2.6 per cent identifying as White Other. 2.4 percent of Angmering's residents are from a Black or Minority Ethnic Background.
According to the 2011 Census, the largest religious grouping is Christians (66 per cent), followed by those of no religion (25.2 per cent). Angmering boasts the 12th Century, St Margaret's Church, alongside a small Catholic congregation centred on St Wilfred's Catholic Primary School, and a Baptist church.
The village has a 12th-century church (St Margaret's, re-built by Samuel Sanders Teulon in 1852, and reordered (refurbished) in 2009), three schools, several small shops, a post office and many historic houses from the 15th century onwards. It is in a semi-rural area with many farms. Following the building of the Bramley Green development, Angmering is the most populous settlement in the Arundel and South Downs (UK Parliament constituency).
The village was the birthplace of Tom Oliver, who, after adding an l to his name to become Olliver, became the winning rider of the 1842, 1843 and 1853 Grand Nationals. Impresario Lord Bernard Delfont and record producer Norman Newell have lived in Angmering. The actor and singer Stanley Holloway lived in the parish of East Preston (Angmering-on-Sea) with his wife before his death in 1982.