The first church, of which a few traces survive, was built in the late 11th or early 12th centuries. When the chancel was rebuilt in 1864 Norman masonry was found in the foundations.
The church is distinguished by a massive stone spire, one of only four remaining ancient stone spires in Sussex, the others are at Dallington, East Preston and Northiam.
The Jefferay Monument is an enormous structure situated in the south transept, which was specifically built to house it in 1612.
The monument is to Sir John Jefferay, died 23rd May 1578, who was Chief Baron of the Exchequer under Elizabeth I, and at various times the member of parliament for Arundel and East Grinstead. His effigy reclines on his elbow above the recumbent form of his second wife, Dame Alice. Below them kneels a grand-daughter, Elizabeth, later to marry Robert Bertie. In the two niches stand Sir John's only daughter Elizabeth and her husband Sir Edward Montague.
The monument is carved from alabaster, perhaps mined in Mountfield, near Battle.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.
16 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
13 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
11 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
17 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
The OPC is able to offer a look up service from the 1821 Chiddingly Census transcription with kind permission of the transcriber. (The transcription may be purchased from PBN publications, 24 The Avenue, Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8NP, which also contains a short introduction to the 1821 census, there is a link on the Useful Links page.)
Roll of Honour have information about the people recorded on the war memorial
The Roll of Honour hanging in the church
War Memorial - transcription and photos
Chiddingly Parish Council have an interesting web site which has memories of village life written down by William Chives in 1940-1941
The OPC database contains 120 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 5 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
The Church and Parish of Chiddingly was written in 1906 (revised in 1910, 1924) by the then Vicar, T.V.Southey
Chiddingly Brass Band - including photos
The Onion Pie Murder of 1852, transcription of contemporary newspaper articles
Settlement Orders & Cases pertinent to Chiddingly, 1661 - 1729
1839 Tithe Schedule for Chiddingly
There are 22 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
New Roughwood Churches Album has 10 images of churches in this parish.
The OPC database contains 75 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).
29 entries from the 1851 Post Office Directory.
46 entries from the 1862 Kelly's Directory.
The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.
1862 Kelly's Directory for Chiddingly.
1851 Post Office Directory for Chiddingly.
There are no books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are 6 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 4 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains 2 wills which mention this parish.
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