Upmarden is a large parish 10 miles north-west from Chichester, 7 miles south-east from Petersfield and 5 miles south (over the hill) from Elsted railway station and 7 from Emsworth Station, in the Western division of the county, Westbourne hundred and union, Chichester county court district, rape, rural deanery of Boxgrove No. 2, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester. The church of St. Michael is a small and ancient structure of white stone, with a wooden tower and south porch. The register dates from the year 1714. The living is a vicarage, united with Compton, joint gross yearly value £487, with 38 acres of glebe, in the gift of and held since 1854 by the Rev. George Augustus Langdale M.A. of St. John’s College, Cambridge, who resides at Compton. Watergate House, is the seat of Richard Christy esq. is partly in this and partly in the adjoining parish of Stoughton; it stands in a well wooded park, at a short distance from the road, and was erected by William Drury (sometime gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Charles I.) before 1609, continuing to be the residence of his descendants for some generations. Admiral Sir G. T. Phipps Hornby K.C.B. who is lord of the manor and Richard Christy esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is chalky marly; subsoil, chalk with flints. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 2,928 acres; rateable value, £2,144; and the population in 1871 was 365.
West Marden is a hamlet or chapelry within the parish. The chapel, however, was destroyed many years since and no vestige of it now remains.
Sexton, Edgar Chase
Letters for Upmarden received via Chichester; those for West Marden via Emsworth. The nearest money orders offices are at South Harting and Emsworth
The nearest telegraph office is at Rowland’s Castle
The children of this parish attend the school at Compton.
Christy Richard, Watergate House
Lewry John, farm bailiff to Admiral Sir G. T. Phipps Hornby K.C.B.
Lovell Henry, farmer, Parsonage Farm
Stay John, farmer, Lower Farm
Taylor Alfred, farmer, Busto Farm
Thirlwell Robert, farmer, Loxash Farm
Gothorp William, farmer
Johnson James, shoe maker
Martin George, carpenter
Russell John, blacksmith
21 Feb 2007
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner