Angmering, (West Sussex)

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Angmering is an inland village on the coastal plain in West Sussex some 2 miles from the sea and located midway between the towns of Worthing and Littlehampton.

There are indications of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements within a few hundred metres of the village centre plus the remains of a substantial Roman Villa. Angmering’s name derives from a later Saxon settlement.

The parish is large, having been a combination of three parishes prior to the Dissolution. One of these was Bargham which was lost following decimation by the Black Death. The parish is well populated in the south, but the northern parts comprise woodland and down land with some isolated farms.

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Two manors are identifiable in the Domesday Survey, but a little later five existed, namely, East Angmering, West Angmering, Ham, Ecclesden, and Bargham.

St Margaret’s church has 12th Century origins but was substantially re-built in 1853 by William G K Gratwicke, a well known race horse owner of Ham Manor. The tower, however, dates from 1507. The church is a Grade II* Listed Building as is the remaining part of New Place, the 16th Century manor of West Angmering. The parish contains a further 76 Listed Buildings and Structures.

New Place was the seat of the Palmer family, one branch of which later built Parham House. Sir Thomas Palmer sold his Angmering estates to Sir Thomas Bishopp of Parham in 1615. Another prominent family were the Gratwickes, descended from wealthy iron-masters, who acquired Ham Manor in the 16th Century and who went on to hold it for 300 years.

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The appearance of the ancient church of St Margaret was substantially altered by the addition of new extensions in 2008. The cost of the building work exceeded £1.2m. The church has also undergone a major internal re-ordering.

Places of worship:

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

Baptist Church

Bargham Church

Old Baptist Chapel

St Margaret

St Margaret's Community Church

St Nicholas, East Angmering

St Peter

St Wilfrid

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

6 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

1901 Census complete transcription

1841 Census complete transcription


Grid reference: 506974, 104500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Re-Drawn Tithe Maps (part of an 1840 house identification article) together with other modern maps are available on the OPC's own website.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have details of people recorded on the war memorial on the village green

Other links relating to this parish:

Apprentices and Masters (1720 - 1752)

Tenants of Manors Survey 1679 - names and property descriptions

Poor Law Records - names and basic information.

Land Tax records for 1785, 1795, 1810, 1816 & 1832 are available on the OPC's website

List of Emigrants and Transportees from the 19th century.

Elector's Poll 1734

Marriage Licences 1600 - 1800 (list of parties and their parishes)

Probate Inventories 1596 - 1795 (transcriptions of all known Angmering inventories)

Protestation Returns 1641 - list of names

Subsidy Rolls - Names from Rolls of 1296, 1322, 1327, 1524/25

Fitzalan survey c.1405- 58 names of Free Tenants etc from manors survey for the 5th Earl of Arundel (N.B. This fills a gap between the 1327 and 1524/5 Subsidy Rolls)

The OPC's website has many other resources, including: histories on subjects such as the Roman Villa, manors, ancient buildings, including date stone project, churches, Domesday, market & fair, lost village of Bargham, statistics, railway station etc; articles about the village and its people; pages for various families associated with Angmering, including BMD information.

Domesday’ Property Tax 1910 is available on the OPC's website

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 45 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 142 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 37 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 52 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

The OPC's webiste has many photographs of Angmering (past and present) and photographs of villagers starting from the mid-19thC

Postal directories:

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

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1791 Universal British Directory for Arundel.

Postal Directory Transcriptions for Angmering in the Kellys Postal Directories for the following years - 1845, 1852, 1867, 1878, 1899, 1903, 1915, 1929, 1938 and from Long's (1892).

1851 Post Office Directory for Angmering

1909 Kelly's Directory for Angmering

1911 Kelly's Directory for Angmering


There are 2 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 18 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 5 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 2 wills which mention this parish.

The OPC's will Index (1522 - c.1900)

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