Yapton, (West Sussex)

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Yapton is four miles away from Littlehampton. The 13th century church is built on Saxon foundations and has a fine 14th century porch. There are good carvings on the capitals of the nave pillars. The church also contains an unusually large Norman font.

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The name Yapton is thought to derive from "Eppa's ton" - Eppa being one of two priests who were left in Sussex about AD681 by Bishop St Wilfrid who bought Christianity to Sussex.

Yapton is known as the village that "never closes its doors" - thought to refer to the days when smugglers making their way with their contraband from the beaches of nearby Clymping found plenty of open doors in Yapton to help them escape the pursuing excise men!

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As well as St Mary's, the parish church, there is a former Congregational Chapel (now an Evangelical Free Church). It was built in 1861 on the site of a former chapel that had been erected in 1848.

Places of worship:

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

Congregational Chapel

Former Hamlet Chapel, Bilsham

St Mary

Census returns:

People residing in the parish:

532 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

37 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

26 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

12 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

19 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

Maps:

Grid reference: 498500, 103500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour website has a transcription of the war memorial inside the church.

Other links relating to this parish:

Yapton Parish Council have an interesting website

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 52 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 84 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.

Gazettes:

The OPC database contains 24 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Photographs:

There are 15 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

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.

1909 Kelly's Directory for Yapton

1911 Kelly's Directory for Yapton

1851 Post Office Directory for Yapton

Publications:

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

There are 3 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 3 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.

Wills:

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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