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Fittleworth and the surrounding areas.
A virtual guide for visitor and residents.

Fittleworth is a West Sussex village on the A283 Petworth to Pulborough road. Its southern boundary is the River Rother.
The village has two churches, one Evangelical and St. Marys Anglican church. There is a stores, post office, a primary school and the Swan Inn which in 1925, became home to and one of the first meeting places of the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers.
The explorer and broadcaster Duncan Carse lived in Fittleworth for over 40 years until he died in May 2004. It was also the home of the composer Edward Elgar for a number of years. Sculptor Alan Thornhill spent his childhood, between 1925 and 1936 here, his family building 'Rotherwood'. More can be read in a well put together article by Jon Edgar.
Fittleworth had a railway station until 1963, on a branch line of the now closed Midhurst Railways.
In the 2001 census the parish had 405 households with a total population of 931.

Fittleworth is recorded in 1168 as Fitelwurda,
1279 Fyteleworth, 1438 Fetilworth & 1488 Fitelworthe.
The Olde English Fitelanweort translates as
- the enclosure of Fitela

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    The Swan Hotel around a 100 years ago
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    In 1536 The Swan Inn was the coaching inn.
    Here horses of the Royal Couriers of the King's Post from
    London to the coast, were changed before the long climb
    up the South Downs at Bury Hill

click to enlarge The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers
In 1925 the Swan became home to and one of the first meeting places of the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, which by 1928 had over 700,000 members.
The Swan is still called 'Vat No.0'.
Todays Froth Blowers

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01 - Fittleworth Bridge, B2138
02 - Swan Hotel, B2138
03 - Greatpin Croft
04 - Churchfield
05 - Fairmead Close
06 - School Lane
07 - School Close
08 - Sandy Lane
09 - Shop & Post Office, B2138
10 - A283 approaching from north
11 - A283 & Bedham Lane
12 - Upper Street A283
13 - The Fleet & Limbourne Lane
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post code : RH20
phone code : 01798
OS grid ref : TQ009194
Post town : Pulborough
Petworth : 2.8 miles
Pulborough : 2.4 miles
London : 41.5 miles
nearest railway stations:
Railway1 - Pulborough  2.3 miles view station facilities
Railway2 - Amberley     5.1 miles view station facilities
bus timetables, rail links & taxis
London Gatwick Airport - 21 miles
M23 Junction 11 - 18 miles
Clerk of Fittleworth Parish Council
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Parish population
[2001] - 931

Ancient Order of Froth Blowers
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Cartshed - Fittleworth
Duncan Carse
Evangelical Free Church
Fire Brigade
Fittleworth FC
Fittleworth Flyers Running Club
Fittleworth Folk Dance Club
Fittleworth Rifle Club
Fulling Mill Cottage
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Jon Edgar on Fittleworth
Joyes Family
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Old photographs of Fittleworth
Parish Council Web Site
Photographs of Fittleworth
Post Office
Railway Station - disused
Rother Valley Trail link
St. Marys church
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    Miscellaneous articles: -
Man shot in Fittleworth Oct.2015
Missing person search Jul.2012
Lithersgate common on fire May.2011
Motorcyclist seriously injured Apr.2011
Remembrance day medals ban Nov.2010
Anger over Horncroft sandpit May.2010
Gallery transforms School May.2010
SDNP status may stop sandpit May.2010
Police stop rave in FittleworthApr.2010
Battle hots up over sand plans Apr.2010
Sand quarrying lorry fears Nov.2009
Schools future takes shape Jul.2009
Call for helpers to clean church Dec.2007
Plans to build 14 houses at the Fleet Apr 1996

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Fittleworth Cartshed
Fittleworth Cartshed

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Polar explorer, radio broadcaster and actor. Resident of Fittleworth for over 40 years. He even had a mountain named after him. - more

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clickField Cricket
One of Britains rarest insects - only found near Fittleworth
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Dog stolen from Fittleworth - Oct.2014
Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog was taken from its home in Lower Street, Fittleworth.
The 18-month-old working cocker spaniel called Rowlf, black with a white chest was in the yard when stolen
details here




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