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|Littlehampton, West Sussex|
Littlehampton, West Sussex shown within West Sussex
|Area||11.35 km2 (4.38 sq mi) |
|- Density||2,255 /km2 (5,840 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||51 miles (82 km) NNE|
|Civil parish||Littlehampton, West Sussex|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Bognor Regis and Littlehampton|
|Website||Littlehampton Town Council|
Littlehampton, West Sussex is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, on the east bank at the mouth of the River Arun. It lies 51.5 miles (83 km) south-south-west of London, 17.5 miles (28 km) west of Brighton and 11 miles (18 km) east of the county town of Chichester.
The parish covers an area of 11.35 km2 (4 sq mi) and has a population of 25,593 (2001 census). The Sub-Urban Area of the town has a population of approx 55,000. The conurbation includes other settlements: Wick in the north west; Lyminster to the north; and Rustington to the east. Wick and Toddington became part of the town in 1901. Nearby towns include Bognor Regis west southwest and Worthing to the east. The town is also the westernmost settlement of the 12th largest urban area in the UK, the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, a region encompassing some 461,181 people (2001 census).
A human settlement at Littlehampton can be traced back to prehistoric and Roman times, while it appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the small hamlet of 'Hantone'. The settlement is believed to have been a fishing community around this time, appearing on a French map in around 1100 as 'Hanton'. The settlement is then believed to have been given to the Abbey of St Martin de Seez in Normandy, who owned Littlehampton until around 1400. The area then passed back to the ownership of successive Earls of Arundel and Dukes of Norfolk, whose successors still reside in Arundel today. Littlehampton began to develop as a port as a result of constant silting of the River Arun, perhaps leading to the prefix of 'Little' being added to 'Hampton', in order to distinguish it from the larger Southampton further along the coast. The expansion of port activities led to a new river mouth being cut in 1735, alongside the building of a wooden harbour. At this time it was also known as Arundel Port.
As the eighteenth century progressed, the town developed from a fishing community to a holiday destination, with Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Constable all believed to have spent time there.
The town's status as both a port and a holiday resort led to economic success in the nineteenth century, with a railway line and a cross-channel ferry to Honfleur in France being introduced. The population of the town grew tenfold over the century, from 584 in 1801 to 5,954 in 1901. Littlehampton remained as a holiday resort in the twentieth century, becoming known as 'The Children's Paradise' in the 1920s.
Post-war Littlehampton saw large-scale house building on the outskirts of the town, eventually absorbing the surrounding villages of Wick, Lyminster and Toddington, while the commercial element of the town became increasingly focused on boat building and water sports.
The world headquarters of The Body Shop is situated towards the north of the town, and is a major employer in the area.
Paul Matthew International is a haulage company with headquarters located in the marina.
A local company, Dando Drilling International Ltd, has been exporting drilling rigs from Littlehampton since 1867. Van Heyningen Brothers (VHB) salad growers was a major employer in the town from 1964 to 2003. Much of the local economy comprises smaller companies with fewer than ten employees although Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Greggs, Costa Coffee, Iceland and Lidl are in the town centre and the local authority is actively seeking to promote and expand business opportunities.
Local issues 
The building is a fully welded monocoque structure. The building reflects its exposed location with a rough, weathered appearance which Heatherwick describes as being like a piece of weathered flotsam swept up onto the beach. It was built in Littlehampton, with steelwork by Littlehampton Welding Ltd and site work by Langridge Developments, another local firm. The construction of the cafe caused a stir in Littlehampton, with some seeing it as an eyesore and others welcoming it as a world-class piece of architecture and a symbol of regeneration.
Littlehampton Longest Bench opened in mid-July 2010. It was created by Studio Weave.
Governance and politics 
At a local government level, Littlehampton is part of Littlehampton Town Council, Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council. Littlehampton currently has 10 seats on the district council, spread across five wards - Beach, Brookfield, Ham, River and Wick with Toddington. At the district elections held in May 2011, the Conservatives won 7 of these 10 seats, Labour 2 and the Liberal Democrats 1. On West Sussex county council, the town is represented by two Conservatives and a Liberal Democrat.
For younger children there are three primary schools — Lyminster, River Beach and White Meadows. These schools came into existence in 2011 following a major reorganisation of primary school provision in the town that replaced 6 separate junior and infant schools with 3 primary schools. River Beach Primary was formed from the merging of Connaught Junior with Arun Vale and Elm Grove Infants, whilst the merger of Flora McDonald Junior and Wickbourne Infants brought about the creation of White Meadows. Lyminster existed before the reorganisation as an infant school, and has now begun a phased expansion to become a primary school.
Littlehampton is on the A259, though this bypasses most of the town. Littlehampton is connected to the A27 south coast trunk road by the A284, which also provides the main north-south route out of the town and links to the A29 and A24. The A27 also later links with the M27. The A280 also links Littlehampton to the A24 and is a main route from the north-east.
Trains services from Littlehampton railway station are provided by Southern and occasionally First Great Western, with direct services to Brighton, London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The Littlehampton Ferry, is a ferry linking the east & west parts of the River Arun together. The Ferry operates from 31 March - 30 September between 10am & 5pm. The Ferry Company also provide harbour tours on the hour.
Gatwick Airport is an hour away to the north, Southampton Airport is an hour and a half away to the west, Chichester Airport is 30 minutes also to the west and Shoreham Airport is 45 minutes to the east. The port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel about three hours to the east; Portsmouth Harbour an hour to the west and Newhaven Harbour about an hour to the east.
Littlehampton has a large number of bus routes from several bus companies. The bus station at Littlehampton handles anything up to 1,000 passengers a day and over 200 buses.
Littlehampton also has a large number of taxis, with taxi ranks all over the town and four different taxi companies.
Littlehampton Port 
Littlehampton's port is based around the River Arun and a small stretch of sea 5 miles out to sea and 6 miles wide which is locally known as the "Littlehampton Channel" . Littlehampton started as a fishing port but now is a thriving port for thousands of leisure craft which visit from all over the UK and Europe. In 2009, use of leisure craft at Littlehampton rose to the extent that at least 200 more moorings were required. Littlehampton is also a commercial port, handling around 50-60 ships a year from Ireland, Holland, Germany, Belgium and France with cargo including marine aggregates, stone, marble chippings and timber.
|Climate data for Littlehampton|
|Average high °C (°F)||8
|Average low °C (°F)||4
|Precipitation mm (inches)||58.5
Open spaces 
- Mewsbrook Park
- Brookfield Park
- Rosemead Open Space
- East Beach Green
- West Beach Nature Reserve
- Norfolk Gardens
- Middle Mead
- Water Lane Recreation Ground
- St Catherines Recreation Ground
- Southfields Recreation Ground
Churches and cemeteries 
St Mary's is the Anglican parish church while St Catherine's is the principal Catholic church. In the cemetery, which is on the northern side of the town, lies the grave of Katharine O'Shea ("Kitty O'Shea") (1845–1921), the wife of Charles Stewart Parnell.
There are two other Anglican churches: St James the Great on Arundel Road and All Saints in Wick. Littlehampton Baptist Church, Littlehampton United Church (United Reformed and Methodist), Parkside Evangelical Church, the Arun Community Church (Evangelical) and the Quaker Friends Meeting House also serve the town.
Arts and culture 
The BBC comedy sitcom Open All Hours is claimed to be based on a shop in Norfolk Road near to where Ronnie Barker lived, although the series was not written by Barker, and had finished airing before he moved to the town. There was also speculation that one of his characters in the sitcom, Granville could have been inspired by Granville Road nearby.
Littlehampton supports a range of performance groups including Stagedoor Theatre Company, the Musical Comedy Society and Players Operatic Society who perform throughout the year. It also holds a popular 'Last Night of the Proms' concert performed annually by the Littlehampton Concert Band.
Littlehampton is the home town of British Christian rock band Delirious?, who all still live there.
LA Pebbles On The Beach is an annual charity music festival held on Beach Green. It features local acts that cross the musical spectrum so that there is something for all tastes during the course of the day. A sequence of monthly fund-raising events ae held in the town prior to the festival itself.
Littlehampton is the setting for an important episode in British author Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel Never Let Me Go.
Littlehampton was the backdrop for Swanage for the first episode of series 2 of the comedy drama series, The Inbetweeners, with filming taking place on the promenade and River Arun. Also the fifth episode of series 2, when Simon goes to see his dad, was filmed at the Travelodge by the Body Shop.
Littlehampton is also used as the town centre in Ever Decreasing Circles.
Littlehampton was in an episode of The Hungry Sailors on ITV.
Odd Man Out a comedy TV series from 1977 starring John Inman was based in Littlehampton. It was about a man who leaves the safety of his Blackpool fish and chip shop to take over his deceased father's seaside rock factory in Littlehampton with his step-sister Dorothy. The programme only lasted one series.
Littlehampton Beach is the setting for Stuart Millard's Beach Diaries series of books.
In the town centre of Littlehampton is the Head Quarters of the Littlehampton Gazette, which is Littlehampton's local newspaper. BBC Sussex (Brighton), Spirit FM (Chichester), Splash FM (Worthing) and Wave 105 (Southampton) radio stations are received over-the-air in Littlehampton.
Theatre and cinema 
The Windmill Entertainment Centre is a small theatre and single-screen cinema, with a 213-seat auditorium situated on the seafront in Littlehampton.
Attractions include a casino in the town centre. The East Beach Café and the 'Look and Sea!' centre which includes the Harbour Lights café and an observation tower. Harbour Park is at the entrance of the River Arun with two restaurants, two arcades, a rollercoaster, log flume and other attractions. Next to harbour park is ActionBoat, which offers speed boat rides to Worthing Pier, River Arun trips, and sight seeing trips to Brighton, Chichester and the Isle of Wight. Action boat also does special trips to Southampton Power Boat Show, Lymington Power Boat Show and to Cowes and Torquay for the Cowes to Torquay power boat race. Norfolk Gardens, a multi-purpose outdoor site owned by Inspire Leisure, is further along the promenade. The site includes a 9-hole pitch and putt course, 9-hole adventure golf course, tennis and bowls, and the Putting Green Café. The Littlehampton Miniature Railway runs for 800 yards from Norfolk Gardens site to Mewsbrook Park. Littlehampton harbour is on the River Arun at the western side of the town, with yacht moorings, and on the west bank of the river are Littlehampton Redoubt and Climping sand dunes.
Public services 
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As one of the UK's busiest RNLI Lifeboat stations, Littlehampton is one of seven stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme Blue Peter. As well as providing local search and rescue coverage, volunteer crew members also provided humanitarian help during flooding in East Pakistan over 35 years ago. Littlehampton's police station is situated just outside the town centre with a CID building and the head major incidents unit in West Sussex adjoining. There is also an ambulance station and the Youth Offending Team.
Littlehampton has a small fire station near the town centre, which maintains two water-tender ladders and a water carrier. Every two years the fire station holds an open day, usually on the same Saturday as Littlehampton Carnival. There is another fire station in East Preston with two water-tender ladders.
Littlehampton Heath Centre is also in the town centre. It has a physiotherapy clinic, chiropody clinic, speech and hearing clinic, Child Heath, Diabetic Eye Screening, Family Planning, Osteopath and a dental surgery for NHS patients. The Fitzalan Medical Group has three surgeries in Littlehampton, including the headquarters surgery just outside the town centre, one in Rustington and one in Wick.
Littlehampton's hospital was demolished in 2005 and is due to be rebuilt in 2012 and open in 2013 as Arun Community Hospital. A private company has posted the planning application and has a £12 million budget. Although in Rustington (Littlehampton) there is the Zachary Merton Community Hospital, which lacks an A&E Department but does have a Minor Injuries department, 31 beds and other clinics.
Rugby Union 
Littlehampton Rugby Club plays in the Sussex Intermediate League, National Level 10, after promotion at the end of the 2010–11 season. Most games are played on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, either at The Littlehampton Academy or in the West/East Sussex area. The club is also involved in the local community, including the carnival, bonfire night, dragon boat racing and other charitable events.
Having been established over 100 years ago, Littlehampton Hockey Club is one of the oldest hockey clubs in England. In 1999 became the first club in the history of Sussex Hockey to win the Sussex Open Premier League while remaining undefeated all season.
Other sport 
- Explosion Elite Cheerleaders team for girls ages 6years and up.
- Littlehampton Town FC play in the Sussex County League Division Two.
- Littlehampton Cricket Club fields three Saturday sides, up to two Sunday sides, a ladies team and colts teams at ages ranging from under 10 to under 16.
- Littlehampton is home to a marina and a golf club.
- Littlehampton Arunners Running Club
- Littlehampton Swimming & Sports Centre (LSSC), including two swimming pools, a small slide, a fitness suite and sports hall.
- Littlehampton Badminton & Squash Club
- Littlehampton Harbour Board - fishing and diving
- Arun Yacht Club
- Littlehampton Sailing & Motor Club
- Littlehampton and District Angling Club
- Sussex Tornados Youth Cheerleading Club serves ages five and up.
The flints that make up Littlehampton's West Beach contain quite a few fossils. The flints are formed by silica from sea sponges and diatoms from around 60 to 95 Million years ago. Some of the creatures become fossilised and can be seen as patterns on the outside of the flint. These are known locally as Shepherds crowns. The Littlehampton Museum occasionally organises fossil hunting walks during the school holidays.
Recent history 
Littlehampton Floods 2012 
On the 10th June 2012, heavy rain fell on the town and continued throughout the night into the early hours of the 11th June. In the early hours of that morning more than 26 homes got flooded along the seafront, along with multiple flooded roads leading to road closures and many other homes flooded in the town. A rescue centre was set up at the local Leisure Centre for those evacuated during the floods. During the flooding local emergency services received over 150 flood-related calls.
Littlehampton is officially twinned with two towns. Each is twinned with the other two to form a three cornered link:
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