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Westhampnett is a village and civil parish in the district of Chichestermarker in West Sussexmarker, Englandmarker located two kilometres (1.2 miles) north-east of Chichestermarker on the former A27 road, now by-passed. There is a scattering of houses around an Anglican parish church of Saxon origin, dedicated to St. Peter.

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Maudlin, half a kilometre north east, along the Roman road called Stane Street, and Westerton, one kilometre to the north. Towards Chichestermarker is a disused watermill on the River Lavantmarker. To the north the parish extends to Goodwood Racecoursemarker high on the South Downsmarker, including Goodwood Housemarker and most of Goodwood Airfield and motor racing circuit. The airfield began as a World War II fighter base, opened in 1940 during the Battle of Britain when it was home to two Spitfire squadrons, and later in the war used by United States fighter squadrons flying British Spitfires and Typhoons. Goodwood is now the venue for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speedmarker, at Goodwood House, and Goodwood Revival, at the motor racing circuit.

Between Westhampnett church and Maudlin is the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars assembly plant, producing and testing the finished cars.

Just to the south of the church is Chichester District’s main waste recycling centre.

The parish has a land area of 888.52 hectares (2195 acres). In the 2001 census 460 people lived in 161 households, of whom 234 were economically active.

The parish church

St. Peter's church is of Saxon origin. The large churchyard contains an unusually large number of elaborate headstones, including plain and celtic crosses, indicating a wealthy congregation in past centuries.

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