Henfield, (West Sussex)

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Henfield Church stands at the highest point in the village, on a sandy ridge above the River Adur.

The earliest part of the present building is six or seven hundred years old, but a church was on this site at least the same period before that.

In 770 fifteen hides of land were granted by Count Warbald and his wife Tidburga "for the endowment of the Church of the blessed Apostle Peter at Hamfelde".

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The name of the village is Anglo-Saxon, and describes its position on the high open space - the sandy ridge between the forest on the north and the wet lands of the Adur, still flooded in winter, to the south and west.

The evangelical free church stands in the main street.

Places of worship:

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

Baptist Chapel

Congregational Church

Corpus Christi

Mission Room, Nep Town

St Peter

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

6 individuals 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.

7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 521500, 116500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Other links relating to this parish:

Henfield Parish Council has an excellent site which has links to a Photo tour of the village and much more

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 87 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 164 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 32 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Henfield Museum have a website


There are 155 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 1 photographs of churches in this parish. This album will also display any postcards or other images of churches which are in the Sussex OPC database.

Henfield Virtual Tour by Dave Parker

Postal directories:

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

Kelly's 1867 Directory for Henfield is available on the GENUKI site

1840 Pigot Directory for Henfield

1851 Post Office Directory for Henfield


There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 2 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 12 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 3 wills which mention this parish.

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