| 345. 2011 Census|
Arundel and South Downs
Duncton is a village and civil parish in the District of Chichester in West Sussex, England located 3 mi (4.8 km) south of Petworth on the A285 road.
The parish has a land area of 800 ha (1,977 acres). In the 2001 census 356 people lived in 156 households, of whom 191 were economically active. The population at the 2011 Census was 345.
The village has an Anglican church, a Roman catholic church and a pub named The Cricketers in honour of two past residents, Jemmy Dean and Jem Broadbridge, who played cricket for Sussex in the nineteenth century. There is a modern village hall and two croquet pitches.
Duncton Mill at the foot of the South Downs escarpment was powered by a large spring flowing from the chalk strata. A stable flow of water at a constant temperature throughout the year is ideal for its present use as a trout hatchery.
To the east of the village on the border with Barlavington civil parish is Burton Park, a stately home now converted into a number of residences.
Remains of a Roman villa, including a hypocaust were discovered in the early 19th century some 140 yards north east of the old church, but were not preserved.
Woollen cloth making was an important local industry in the medieval period. Two Duncton clothiers, R Harding and J Goble, left inventories in 1621 and 1622 respectively, with Goble having owned three pairs of finishing shears.
In 1867 John Wisden, the famous Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and England cricketer, who launched the eponymous Wisden Cricketer's Almanac bought and owned The Cricketers himself. He in turn leased it to the Sussex Cricketer James 'Jem' Dean who died in 1881 with a pint in hand !