Eartham is a parish, 6 miles north-west from Chichester, 6 ½ north-west from Arundel, in the Western division of the county, Box and Stockbridge hundred, Chichester rape and county court district and archdeaconry and diocese of Chichester. The church of St. Margaret, a building of the early English & Decorated periods, consists of a chancel, nave and aisles, and a tower with a spire containing 3 bells; in the church is a marble tablet, erected by his widow, to the memory of the Right Hon. William Huskisson who lost his life in 1830 on the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway; there is also a memorial window to Sir John Ralph Millbanke-Huskisson, erected in 1869. The register dates from the year 1813 only. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £186, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1878 by the Rev. Edward Emilius Kelly M.A. of Wadham College, Oxford; Eartham House was formerly the residence of William Hayley, said to be a writer of much greater influence in literature than has been acknowledged. Thither he invited Flaxman Warton, Romney and other contemporaries, as well as Cowper, whose biography he wrote. The trustees of Charles Stephen Leslie Esq. are the lords of the manor. The principal landowners are the trustees of Charles Stephen Leslie Esq. and Sir Peniston Milbanke bart. The soil consists of chalk, marl and sand; subsoil, chalk and marl. The chief crops are wheat, oats and barley. The area is 1,504 acres; rateable value £1,166; and the population in 1881 was 154.
Parish Clerk, William Kent
Letters received through Chichester. Slindon is the nearest money order & telegraph office.
School, Alice Gilbert, mistress
Kelly Rev. Edward Emilius M.A. Vicarage
Milbanke Sir Peniston bart D.L., J.P., Eartham House
Milbanke-Huskisson Lady, Eartham Cottage
Goble John, “George”
Powell William, farmer
Smart William, farm bailiff to Sir Peniston Milbanke Esq.
21 Feb 2007
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner