About East Ashling
East Ashling is a small attractive village about three miles west of Chichester, separated from the city by a rural gap. It has a popular pub – The Horse and Groom – which also does B&B. There is just one through road in the village, which leads to Funtington and eventually on to Emsworth and Havant.
The village is inside the new South Downs National Park and provides a base for walkers attracted by the many marked paths and trails on the chalk downland. To the north, bluebell woods provide a gateway to an area of spectacular archaeological and natural history interest, including Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, one of the largest remaining yew forests in the country.
East Ashling has fewer than 100 houses, but as well as the pub and a number of farms it has a large riding centre, a nursery garden, a long established agricultural engineer and, just outside the village, a private school and a new museum.
A Little History
Some two hundred years ago, much of the village was owned by the Manors of Bosham and Densworth with many of the farms being copyright tenants. The coastal road from Chichester to the west was often flooded before the days of the turnpike. The inland route (as today) was through East Ashling and the pub provided a popular stopping off point.
Some sixty years ago, the village was still a collection of working farms with agricultural workers, small traders and few larger houses. The tradesmen included a dairy, a small shop, a blind basket maker, as well as the blacksmith which is now an agricultural engineer. The pub, together with a club in West Stoke, were places of recreation for men after work with Sennicotts being the most frequented local church. Two former farmhouses had been gentrified and there were one or two new larger houses. The wartime bomb damaged was repaired although several cottages were not rebuilt.
The East Ashling Association
The EAA is an informal group of residents who are endeavouring to improve the conditions and community spirit within the village. All residents of East Ashling and the immediate surroundings are automatically members, there are no fees. The elected Committee meet approximately four times a year.