Eastergate, (West Sussex)

OPC for Eastergate is : Gill Shaw

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The first record of Eastergate parish is believed to be that in the Domesday Book, where it is called Gate. Opinions differ as to whether the church mentioned is the present building, but parts of the chancel lead experts to conclude that this part may be pre-Norman. In the exterior south wall are Roman bricks, set in herringbone pattern.

It is thought that at one time a tollgate stood between Eastergate and Westergate, hence the origin of 'Gate'.

There are some fine examples of stained glass windows in the Church, one of which is the Arundel window on the south side; this glass is over 630 years old, and bears the arms of the Fitzalan family, the forebears of the present Norfolk family. The west window is a memorial to Earl Kitchener who was killed in 1916 when his boat, HMS Hampshire, struck a mine.

In the north wall of the chancel there is a little Saxon window which is probably the earliest evidence of a place of worship in Eastergate since records began. Also in the chancel are two lancet windows dating back to the 13th century.

The Church has one bell, inscribed to the memory of John Boniface, and dated 1737. Eastergate Church is a Grade II* listed building, and is situated in a Conservation area in the grounds of Manor Farm, which is owned by the Church Commissioners, who also own the adjoining farmland. St.George's is the smallest of the three churches in the parish.

The church was reordered during the year 2000 to provide toilet and kitchen facilities in the vestry, and a "welcome area" at the west end of the Church, and the pulpit removed to provide a clear area at the front of the church, this has meant that the seating capacity has been reduced to approximately 80 people.

Places of worship:

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

St George

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 494500, 105500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

The OPC has a complete history of every person killed in conflict from 1914 to date, including where they were born, died, where they lived and worked.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 7 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 37 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 9 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


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

Postal directories:

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

1851 Post Office Directory for Eastergate


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

There is 1 article about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There is 1 person from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


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The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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