Now that Bognor Regis spreads all along the coast swamping all the old seaside hamlets and villages from Elmer in the East to Pagham Harbour in the West, inevitably Aldwick has lost a little of its identity.
While a few corners of Aldwick have a villagy feel, Ian Nairn had it about right when he described Aldwick as being like a miniature Bournemouth, although it's hard to tell if he meant that as a compliment. He went on to be unspeakably rude about Aldwick church, but you can't win them all.
St Richard's Church is a relatively modern creation, being built in 1934. The parish had previously been joined at the hip with nearby Pagham and had to wait until the boom in villa building of the twentieth century before enjoying spiritual independence from its neighbours.
As recently as 1886 the combined settlements of Nyetimber, Willowhale, Craigweil and Rose Green in the Parish of Aldwick were home to fewer than 100 families. Today the parish of Aldwick has a population of more than 10,000 people and there's a more or less continuous jumble of housing packed into the area.
Aldwick took off as a haven for rich seasiders after King George V's well publicised convalescence there in 1929, validating the development of Aldwick rather than initiating it.
South of Aldwick, underneath the waves, lie the remains of the lost hamlet of Charlton, slowly inundated by rising sea levels in the sixteenth century until the villagers were forced to abandon the place.
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Willowhale Farm Residents Association also manage the Halnaker Allotments, off Boxgrove Gardens Aldwick. Part of the Allotments which is disused and cannot be used as a allotment plot, WFRA in partnership with Places for People (Housing Association) are making a Community Garden project called "Jubilee Garden" to commemorate Our Queen's Diamond Jubilee to be opened by Nick Gibb MP Schools Minister on Saturday 16th June 2012 between 12.30 and 1.30, this community project "Jubilee Garden" has been designed by Cherry Burton and landscaping by ISS Landscaping (Free )from designs submitted by Rose Green Infant School,who will rerceive a certificate. the children,and the local community and people have all been involved andd those who helped on this project will be there. All are welcome (Free) plants and donations are welcome.
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