In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oving like this:
OVING, a village and a parish in Westhampnett district, Sussex. The village stands near the South Coast railway, ¾ of a mile N E by E of Drayton r. station, and 2½ E of Chichester; and has a post-office under Chichester. The parish contains the tythings of Colworth and Portfield, and comprises 2, 946 acres. Real property, £7, 472. Pop. in 1851, 876; in 1861, 949. Houses, 206. Shopwyke House, a beautiful mansion, belongs to the Rev. G. H. Woods. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £352.* Patron, the Bishop of Chichester. The church is early English; was restored in 1841; and consists of nave and transepts, with E tower and spire.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oving, in Chichester and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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