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The parish of Yapton lies on the coastal plain south west of Arundel, between the South Downs and the sea. St Mary the Virgin parish church, 13th century or earlier in origin,[2] is in the centre of the village. It houses a twelfth-century font. The village includes Yapton C of E Primary School.

The league table below looks at the total crimes and crime rate for July 2016 that occurred in all neighbourhoods within 5 miles of Yapton and orders them by lowest crime rate first.

Area: 791 ha Population: 3,522 Council Tax Precept 2016/17: £42,729 (equates to £33.33 per annum for a Band D property - an increase of 10% over 2015/16)

Yapton is known as the village that “never closes its doors” – thought to refer to the days when smugglers making their way from the sandy beaches of nearby Clymping with their contraband found plenty of open doors in Yapton to help them escape the pursuing excise men.

The name Yapton is thought to derive from “Eppa’s ton” – Eppa being one of two priests left in Sussex about AD 681 by the Bishop St Wilfrid, who brought Christianity to Sussex, to continue the work of converting and baptising local people.

Other settlements in the parish include Bilsham and Flansham. Bilsham Chapel is a deconsecrated former chapel of ease to St Mary the Virgin Church; it dates from the 13th–14th century but fell out of use in the mid-16th century. The building is now a house.[3]

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There is a well-known joke in Sussex: "Were you born in Yapton?" This question is asked when someone has forgotten to close a door. It is believed to refer to the eighteenth-century practice of leaving doors open or unlocked so that smugglers could hide their goods in the nearest house when they were being chased by excise men.[5]

A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 5 Part 1, Arundel Rape: South-Western Part, Including Arundel. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1997.

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Duncan Goodhew, the Olympic swimming maestro was brought up in Yapton. There is a residential road, Goodhew Close, named after him. Sculptor Ginger Gilmour works from a 15th-century farmhouse[6] near Yapton,[7] where she has created several studios.[6] The poet Andrew Young (poet) lived in Yapton after he retired in 1959.[8]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches South East to Climping with a total population of 5,926 at the 2011 Census.[4]

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Yapton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is centred three miles (4.8 km) north east of Bognor Regis at the intersection of the B2132 and B2233 roads.

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North End Road, Yapton, Arundel, W Sussex, BN18 0DU