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The Fernhurst Society


The Fernhurst Society was formed in 1998 and has 200 members.
It is a registered UK charity (no. 1074564).

The Society's aims

  • Enrich the enjoyment of Fernhurst village and its surrounding countryside in West Sussex, England
  • Promote interest in local history, local life, traditions and customs
  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of the archaeology, geography, natural history, buildings and architecture of the local district
  • Seek the protection and improvement of the amenities and appearance of Fernhurst village and its environs
Fernhurst village crossroads
Village centre (photo Richard Ranft)


  • Fernhurst Archive temporary closure. Following latest Government coronavirus guidelines, the Archive Team have decided to close the Archive Room in the village hall until further notice. Enquiries can be dealt with by email only. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Major building development at Fernhurst Park (an ex-ICI/Syngenta site): Comer Homes Ltd plan to build 210 new homes (at "Forest Park"). There will be a public presentation of proposals with Q & A in FERNHURST VILLAGE HALL APRIL 9th 2019 at 5pm. View the 2019 Planning Application: enter the reference no: SDNP/19/00913/FUL
  • Check our upcoming events list and recent newsletter
  • Researching your family history? We have unique transcripts of 1841-1911 censuses, 1840s tithe records of Fernhurst and neighbouring parishes, wills and probate records, and other data. Now with a complete names index - a rich resource for genealogy!


What you can find on this website:

The Society arose out of the work undertaken by villagers to produce the Fernhurst Village Design Statement. Adopted by Chichester District Council in 2000, the Statement provides guidelines for future building developments in the area.


Fernhurst village green
Village green (photo Dave Spicer)

view from Blackdown
View from Blackdown Hill (photo Robin Webster)

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