Post Office Directory 1851, Stedham, West Sussex

Stedham is an agricultural parish, 2 miles west of Midhurst, in Easebourne hundred, Midhurst union, rape of Chichester, and contains 1,840 acres; population, in 1831,494, and in 1841, 557. The Arun flows through the southern part, and the village is pleasantly situate on the rising ground. The benefice is a rectory with Heyshott, value £886 per annum; patron, the Rev. L.V. Harcourt, and the incumbent is the Rev. Caleb Collins. The church was partially taken down in 1850, rebuilt and enlarged, and now contains 170 sittings, consists of a nave and chancel, with a tower rising from the centre. In the churchyard is a fine yew tree, measuring 28 feet in circumference. The glebe land consists of 27 acres. The only seat is the manor house. The parish comprises an area of 2,515 acres, assessed at £2,589.

Iping is a parish in Easebourne hundred, Midhurst union, rape of Chichester, and extends from north to south 6 miles; the average breadth is, however, less than half a mile; contains 1,596 acres, chiefly arable. It is on the river West Rother. Stedham lies on the east, Chithurst on the west, Bramshott, in Hants, on the north, and Didling on the south. The village is situate in the valley, and contained, in 1831, 338 inhabitants, and in 1841, 409. The area is 2,260 acres, assessed at £1,577. The living is a rectory, with Chithurst curacy, value £314 per annum; patron Col. George Wyndham, and the incumbent is the Rev. Henry Danvers Clarke. The church is built of stone, and has a nave, chancel and 2 transcepts, in the early style of English architecture.

Woolbeding, in Easebourne hundred, Midhurst union, rape of Chichester, lies a short distance east of Stedham, contains 2,3188 acres; population, in 1831, 307, and in 1841, 311, assessed at £1,658. The living is a rectory, value £227 per annum, in the patronage of Hon. George Ponsonby. The rector is the Rev. John Bouverle; there are 24 acres of glebe. Here is a seat, Woolbeding House, which is the residence of Hon. George Ponsonby.#

Stoveld John, esq. Stedham Hall
Taylor George, esq.

Cover Stephen, timber dealer
Dilloay John, shoemaker
Gardner Moses, blacksmith
Knight Thomas, miller & farmer
Luff John, farmer
Pink Robert, “New Inn”
Simmonds Peter, wheelwright
Simmonds Richard, blacksmith
Tipper William, farmer

Letters received through Midhurst

Clarke Rev. Henry Danvers
Hamilton Sir Charles, Iping House
Piggot Simon F. esq.

Blunden John, farmer
Eade Matthew, farmer
Hargraves George, grocer
Heath James, shopkeeper
Hogsfield Richard, shopkeeper
Pewtress, Low & Pewtrees, paper makers
Tipper William, farmer

Bouverle Rev. John, rector
Ponsonby the Hon. George, Woolbeding House
Hall James, “Plough”
Osgood John, brick maker
Sholler Frederick, farmer
Wells Henry, farmer

Letters received through Midhurst


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