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.
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.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
506 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.
7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorial together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.
The OPC database contains 50 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
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.
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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