Donnington is a village and parish 2 miles south from Chichester in the south western division of the county, hundred of Box & Stockbridge, rape of Chichester, petty sessional division and county court district, union of Westhampnet, and in the rural deanery of Selsey and archdeaconry and diocese of Chichester. The Arundel and Portsmouth Canal passes through the parish. The church of Holy Trinity is an ancient building of stone erected about 1220 in the Early English style, and has a tower containing 3 bells; there are some stained windows; a new organ was erected in 1908; the church was restored in 1847, and affords 120 sittings. The register dates from the year 1559. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £200, with residence and 15 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1897 by the Rev. Frederick William Greenhow M.A. and L.Th. Of Durham University. George Alexander Gale esq. of Horndean, Hants, is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is loam; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The area is 1,108 acres of land and 11 of water; rateable value, £1,777; the population in 1901 was 199 in the civil and 195 in the ecclesiastical parish.
By an Order of the West Sussex County Council dated 29/11/1895, and confirmed by Local Government Board Order, 6/2/1896, that portion of St Pancras parish outside the municipal area of Chichester was added to Donnington.
Parish Clerk, George Wilkins
Letters through Chichester, which is the nearest money order & telegraph office arrive at 6.30am
Wall letter box cleared at 6.55pm; Sundays 12.20pm
Public elementary school (mixed), built in 1869, for 100 children; average attendance, 48; Miss Agnes Jane Fraser, mistress
Greenhow Rev. Frederick William M.A., L.Tyh. Vicarage
Hartwell William, Ashby Cottage
Davis Sarah (Mrs), blacksmith
Grigg Fras.Jn, carpenter & wheelwright
Harris Alfred Hellyer, farmer South End house & Jewry farm
Harris Arthur C., farmer, Donnington manor & Church farm.
Shawyer Levi, beer retailer
23 Jul 2006
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner