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The local area to living in Itchenor

Itchenor is a civil parish located in the Chichester district of West Sussex. The quaint sailing village is situated on the eastern shoreline of Chichester Harbour on the south coast of England, and is deemed to be an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is thought to have been settled by the Romans during the conquest of Britain in 43 AD, but was swiftly colonised by the Saxons after the retreat of the Roman Legions. It was actually named after the Saxon chieftain Icca, who named the region Icca’s Shore which later developed into its current form. The Domesday Book cites the village as Icenore and by 1243 the village had become Westitchenor.

Toward the later 17th Century, the village became a destination for city folk looking to buy a second home on the coast. These ‘down from Londoner’s’ as they became known to the locals subsequently caused rapid growth in the village. More houses were constructed and prices rose due to the increased demand. Even today the Itchenor Society assessed that nearly 40% of all homes in the village were second-homes. The increase in holiday homes and the reduced number of permanent, working residents forced the closure of the local post office and general store in 1974.

Information about the local residents

The 2011 National Census recorded a population of 289 residents in the village spread between 140 households, making the average number of people per household just over two, a majority of whom are in or nearing retirement age. This is reflected in the number of residents who are currently ‘economically active’. According to the census, 122 individuals are currently active in the work place, be it full time, part time or self-employed, meaning that around 42% of the population are in some form of employment.

99.7% of the population is white, of British descent, with 76.5% of those identifying as Christian. This is well above the national average of Christian-identifying people, a figure which currently stands at 59.5% overall.

Nearby schools

Owing to its location and relatively small population, Itchenor has no local educational establishments within the parish itself. The primary school was closed in 1974 due to the growth of the second home market. However, the village of Birdham, which is a short 7-minute drive from Itchenor, has a pre-school which cares for young children and prepares them for formal education, as well as its own primary school catering for 5 to 11 year olds. In addition, the villages of East and West Wittering also offer primary schools, one of which is a Church of England establishment, providing a wide choice of educational requirements.

In terms of secondary and further education, the city of Chichester has a variety of educational establishments to suit many different needs and is just a 20-minute drive from Itchenor by car, and 40 minutes via local bus services. The city is also home to the University of Chichester, ranked 77th on the University League table and offering a vast array of degrees.

Getting around

The village has very little in the way of public transport, given its isolated location in comparison to its neighbours. There are many roads in and out, making car travel the most viable option for coming and going from the village. The local bus service runs from the nearby main road and the Itchenor ferry gives access to walking routes and boats via the local dock.

Local shops

Itchenor has a fantastic local pub, The Ship Inn, which offers great food and beverages, as does The Quarter Deck Café. Both are located in the centre of the village. The famed local sailing club offers members sailing tuition and the option to join a community of like-minded individuals in a passionate and friendly environment.

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