Earnley is a parish 6 ½ miles south-west from Chichester, in the Western division of the county, Manhood hundred, Chichester rape, and county court district, Westhampnett union, rural deanery of Boxgrove third division and archdeaconry and diocese of Chichester; the village is situated on the sea coast, and the Houngate rocks extend of this portion of the coast. The church (name unknown) is a small stone structure, in the Early English style, with an admixture of Decorated work, and consists of chancel and nave and a western tower containing one bell; in the church is a monument to Sir John Ernle, Solicitor General in 1507, Attorney General in 1509, and chief justice of the Common Pleas, January 27, 1519; he died in 1521, and was buried here. The register dates from the year 1562. The living is a rectory, united in 1526 to the rectory of Almodington, which is now a tithing of the parish; net yearly value £370, with residence and 8 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Chichester, who has 2 turns out of 3, and the present rector, who has the remaining turn, and held since 1874, by the Rev. Thomas Clement B.A. of Clare College, Cambridge. The trustees of the late Rev. Mr Willett are lords of the manor. The principal landowners are the Earl of Winterton and the trustees of the late Henry Duke esq. For several centuries the manor was held by a distinguished family, which took its name from the place. The seat of the Ernles, a large catellated mansion stood near the church. The soil is good loam; subsoil clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 1,157 acres of arable, pasture and marsh land; rateable value, £1,902; the population in 1881, was 132.
Letters received through Chichester. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Sidlesham.
The children of this parish attend the school at Birdham.
Parish Clerk, Job Barrett
Clement Rev. Thomas, B.A. Rectory
Arburrow Frederick Augustus, farmer
Habin Henry, farmer
Spiers William, farmer
Stevens Richard, miller, Earnley Mill
Tribe John, farmer
21 Feb 2007
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner