Angmering is a large, narrow village and civil parish between Littlehampton and Worthing in West Sussex just to the south of the South Downs National Park, England. It is centred 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the English Channel; Worthing and Littlehampton are centred 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east and west respectively.
Angmering railway station is 3⁄4 mile away from the village centre straddling the boundaries of Angmering and East Preston. Angmering is also home to the Oval Raceway or Angmering Motor Sports Centre. Worthing Rugby Football Club, a national level professional rugby club, occupies extensive grounds in the east of the village.
The village is dominated by two parts: the old village comprising the centre, northern and southwestern parts of the village; alongside Bramley Green, a modern housing estate built to the south east of the village on a site formerly occupied by a mushroom farm.
The name "Angmering" probably derives from a Saxon farming settlement of about 600AD. It is thought that the original name was "Angenmaering" meaning Angenmaer's people. Various name changes took place over the centuries and these included Angemeringatun, Angmerengatum, Angemaeringum, Angemeringe, Aingmarying, Angmarrying, Angemare and Ameringe. Towards the end of the 9th century Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, bequeathed to his kinsman Osferthe ‘... Angmerengatum and the land that thereto longyth’.
The village's name is of an old Saxon form, meaning "the people of Angenmaer".
With the recent development of the Bramley Green site, an influx of new residents has brought Angmering's electoral ward's resident population at the 2011 census to 7,788. In 2001 the population was 5,639, illustrating the 38.1% increase in the village's population over the last decade or so.
According to the Office for National Statistics based on the 2011 census 97.6% of the 7,788 population of Angmering were White with 94.3% being White British, 0.7% White Irish and 2.6% identifying as White Other. 2.4% percent of Angmering's residents are from a Black or Minority Ethnic Background.
According to the 2011 Census, the largest religious grouping is Christians (66% per cent), followed by those of no religion (25.2 per cent). Angmering boasts the 12th Century, St Margaret's Church, alongside a small Catholic congregation centred on St Wilfred's Catholic Primary School, and a Baptist church.
The parish is about seven miles (10 km) long (from north to south) and two miles (3 km) wide. Its roots stretch back to the Bronze Age and it is also the site of a substantial Roman Villa.
At the top of Angmering is Highdown Hill, a National Trust property with free access for walks and picnics on the smooth grass near the still-visible slopes of a former chalk quarry.
The village has a 12th-century church (St Margaret's, re-built by Samuel Sanders Teulon in 1852, and reordered (refurbished) in 2009), three schools, several small shops, a post office and many historic houses from the 15th century onwards. It is in a semi-rural area with many farms. Following the building of the Bramley Green development, Angmering is the most populous settlement in the Arundel and South Downs (UK Parliament constituency).
The village was the birthplace of Tom Oliver, who, after adding an l to his name to become Olliver, became the winning rider of the 1842, 1843 and 1853 Grand Nationals. Impresario Lord Bernard Delfont and record producer Norman Newell have lived in Angmering. The actor and singer Stanley Holloway lived in the parish with his wife before his death in 1982.
Portrait artist Juliet Pannett and her family lived in Angmering from the mid-1960s.
Since 1976, Angmering has been twinned with the coastal French town of Ouistreham in the Calvados department of Normandy. Ouistreham, France