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Living in Itchenor: The Local Area Guide

West Itchenor is a village situated approximately 4.5 miles South-West of Chichester in West Sussex. It is more commonly named ‘Itchenor’ since the decimation of East Itchenor in the 15th century due to the Black Plague. The area is believed to have first been settled on by the Romans during their conquest of Britain, around the year 43AD, but was later inhabited by Southern Saxons. The village derives its name from the warlord Icca who proclaimed the region Iccannore, meaning ‘Icca’s Shore’. The Domesday Book cites the village as Icenore, before it finally received its current name West Ichenore in the 13th Century.

In the latter half of the 19th Century, Itchenor became a hot spot for rich Londoners who wanted to invest in a second home. This is partly due to the rural aesthetic, being so vastly different from the metropolitan hub of London, as well as the villages proximity to the coast. These people have accounted for the growth of the village in last century, with housing and house prices going up to meet demand for second homes. However, this has negatively affected the number of officially recognised ‘economically active’ residents in the village. During World War II Itchenor was a restricted area, housing an admiralty ship yard and an AA gun to defend against German air attacks. Fortunately, the historic church, the sailing club and the natural beauty of the area was unaffected by attacks and still remain to this day.


According to the 2011 Census, Itchenor has around 289 residents spread over its 1020 acres. The village has 140 households in total, making the average number of people per house just over two, a good proportion of which are older or retired. In 2012, the Itchenor Society estimated that around 40% of households were second homes.

Around 42% of the population are ‘economically active’ in some respect; be that full time, part time or self-employed. This further reinforces the idea that the village is predominately occupied by people of retirement age. 99.7% of the residents of Itchenor are white and 76.5% of them identified as Christian to one extent or another, well above the national average of Christians at around 59.5%.


The village does not have any schools itself, the local one having been closed in 1974 following the boom in ‘Down from Londoners’ and the decline in permanent residents. However, the neighboring village of Birdham offers a pre-school to care and develop children before formal education, as well as a primary school, all within a seven-minute drive of Itchenor. Equally, the villages of East and West Wittering offer a primary school and a Church of England school respectively.

For higher education, Chichester has a host of Secondary Schools a short 20 minutes drive away from Itchenor. It also has the Chichester Collage for post-16 study and the University of Chichester, which currently sits 77th on the University League Table.


Transport to and from the village is scarce, owing to its isolated and rural nature. There are several main roads leading in and out for easy access by car. There is also the Itchenor ferry which runs seasonally for passengers looking to get to local footpaths and to moored boats in the harbour.

Shops and Amenities

Itchenor has very basic amenities in the way of shops and supermarkets, with the nearest being a short drive away. However, it does have a very highly rated pub and restaurant in The Ship Inn, as well as The Quarter Deck Café near the local harbour. By far the stand out point of interest in the village is the local sailing club which offers members the chance to learn how to sail and join a community from all around the area in an enjoyable pursuit.

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