Nutley, (East Sussex)

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This church was not, as stated on the plaque in the porch, built in 1847, however the ecclesiastical Parish was formed out of part of the Maresfield Parish on 17th June 1847. The building was actually constructed some three years earlier.

However there is no doubt that a church existed here long before then.

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There was a chapel dedicated to St Mary in the Manor House of Maresfield built and endowed by Richard d'Aquila who died in 1176. Mary's Field, hence Maresfield, seems to have been the original name of the parish. In 1372 this Free Chapel of Notlye, as it was called, was endowed with 60 acres of land and in 1372 it was included in a gift to his third son, John of Gaunt, by Edward III. John of Gaunt was patron to the great reformer John Wycliffe, and there is evidence that Wycliffe officiated in the chapel towards the end of his life when he was compelled to withdraw from active ministry and shelter under his patron's protection.

There also appears to have been another church, dedicated to St George, on the site between Nutley and Chelwood Gate, later occupied by Chapelwood Manor. It was on the site of this church, or possibly on the site of the Free Chapel, that in the mid 19th century, long after it had been used for worship, a receptacle which had been used as a drinking place for cattle was identified as the original church font! The then Rector of Maresfield had it moved to his church where it still remains, despite a few attempts to bring it to Nutley where some consider it should rest.

Ancient parish:

Nutley was created from the parish of Maresfield.

Places of worship:

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

Forest Hall, Dodds Bank

Maresfield Chapel, Nutley

St James the Less

Twyford Church

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 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

The Weald site has transcriptions of the 1841, 1851 & 1881 census returns


Grid reference: 544500, 127500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

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1641 Protestation Returns:

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The OPC database contains 12 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


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

Roughwood has photographs and images of Nutley Windmill

Postal directories:

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

1867 Kelly's Directory for Nutley (Maresfield)

1840 Pigot Directory for Nutley (Uckfield)


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

There are 2 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 1 will which mention this parish.

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