East Lavant is a pleasant village, 3 miles north-west from Chichester, in Aldwick hundred, rape of Chichester, Westhampnett union. Its area is 2,970 acres, and a population of 370, in 1841. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, consists of a nave and chancel; the latter is of much later date than the former. The living is a rectory, in the patronage of Lord Willoughby de Broke, and deanery of Pagham, value £140 per annum, in the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Legge, M.A. The principal landed proprietor is the Duke of Richmond. This parish has the privilege of sending 4 children to the free school, and 4 women to the almshouses, at Boxgrove, founded by the Countess of Derby.
West Lavant is a tithing, belonging to this parish, though separated from it by the intervention of Mid Lavant. It contains 72 inhabitants. Lavant House, in this parish, was formerly the seat of the Miller family, but now the property of the Duke of Richmond, and residence of Major-General Bourchier.
Mid Lavant, is an irregularly shaped parish, 2 miles north-west of Chichester, in Westbourne hundred and union, rape of Chichester, containing about 350 acres of chiefly arable land, which chiefly belongs to the Duke of Richmond, who is also the patron of the living, which is a perpetual curacy, in the deanery of Boxgrove, value £50 per annum, in the incumbency of the Rev. R. Thompson, B.A. The Income Tax assessment, £1,563.
Letters received through Chichester.
Bourchier Major-General James Claude, Lavant House
Legge Rev. Henry, M.A. Rectory
Thompson Rev. Robert, B.A.
Duke Charles, farmer
Lunn William, farm bailiff
Norrell James, farmer & timber dealer
Pelham James, bricklayer
Powell George, carpenter
Redman James, blacksmith
Russell George, boot maker & parish clerk
Sadler John, farmer, West Lavant
Upton Arthur, farmer
Woodman Mrs. Lydia, National School
Greene Thomas, esq.
Ayling Thomas, brewer
Calhoun James, farmer
Challen Thomas, boot maker & post office receiving house
Langrish Thomas, blacksmith
Mitchell Thomas, shopkeeper & parish clerk
Parsons George, miller
Payne Henry, “Earl of March Arms,”
Sadler Henry, farmer
Williams George, wheelwright
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner