Birdham, (West Sussex)

OPC for Birdham is : Stacey Gardner

Email: Stacey Gardner.

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Birdham lies four miles south of Chichester and is a Parish of approximately 1800 acres (730 hectares), bounded by the Parishes of Appledram, Sidlesham, Earnley, East Wittering, West Wittering and West Itchenor.

It is believed that two Roman roads met at the present Bell Lane junction and the road led from there to Chichester Harbour and on to Bosham via a ferry or a ford.

The Church, which was dedicated to St Leonard until about 1900 but is now dedicated to St James, was built in the 14th century and has a 16th century tower. It was much restored in the 19th century.

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The Chichester Canal from Birdham to Arundel, with a spur to Chichester from Hunston, was built around 1822 and ceased operation in 1906, though there was occasional boat traffic up to 1912.

Church Lane leads from Birdham Straight to the Church and was originally known as Normans Lane.

The present Birdham Mill, with its Mill Pond by the harbour, dates from 1768 and when it ceased operating in 1935 was the last tidal mill in Sussex.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

St James

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.


Grid reference: 482500, 100247 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorial together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 50 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 54 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 13 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 8 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 14 photographs of churches in this parish. This album will also display any postcards or other images of churches which are in the Sussex OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

1911 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1909 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1882 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1899 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1930 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1938 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1918 Kelly's Directory for Birdham

1851 Post Office Directory for Birdham


There are no books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are no articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are no people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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