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Selsey, West Sussex

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Selsey, West Sussex

Selsey is a seaside town and civil parish, about eight miles (12 km) south of Chichester, in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. Selsey lies at the southernmost point of the Manhood Peninsula, almost cut off from mainland Sussex by the sea. It is bounded to the west by Bracklesham Bay, to the north by Broad Rife (rife being the local word for stream or creek), to the east by Pagham Harbour and terminates in the south at Selsey Bill.
Administrative CountyWest Sussex
Traditional CountySussex
OS GridSZ8593
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth East
Police AuthoritySussex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Sussex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Sussex
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01243
Population9,875 2001 Census

Other names by which Selsey, West Sussex has been known in the past

Seal Sey ~ Seloesea ~ Selsea ~ Selsy ~ Seols Ea ~ Seleisie

Selsey, West Sussex in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Selsey (or Selsea), par. and vil., Sussex - par. (comprising the whole of Selsea Peninsula), 2600 ac. and 1445 tidal water and foreshore, pop. 901; vil., 7 miles S. of Chichester; P.O., T.O.; was in Saxon times a place of considerable importance, and was the seat of a bishopric which was removed to Chichester in 1075. A great part of the peninsula, including the site of the cathedral, was washed away by the sea The inhabitants are mostly employed in fishing. The coast terminates in the headland of Selsea Bill, on which is a fixed light seen 6 miles.

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