Chiddingly, (East Sussex)

OPC for Chiddingly is : Carol Harrison

Email: Carol Harrison.

Parish picture

The first church, of which a few traces survive, was built in the late 11th or early 12th centuries. When the chancel was rebuilt in 1864 Norman masonry was found in the foundations.

The church is distinguished by a massive stone spire, one of only four remaining ancient stone spires in Sussex, the others are at Dallington, East Preston and Northiam.

Parish picture

The Jefferay Monument is an enormous structure situated in the south transept, which was specifically built to house it in 1612.

The monument is to Sir John Jefferay, died 23rd May 1578, who was Chief Baron of the Exchequer under Elizabeth I, and at various times the member of parliament for Arundel and East Grinstead. His effigy reclines on his elbow above the recumbent form of his second wife, Dame Alice. Below them kneels a grand-daughter, Elizabeth, later to marry Robert Bertie. In the two niches stand Sir John's only daughter Elizabeth and her husband Sir Edward Montague.

The monument is carved from alabaster, perhaps mined in Mountfield, near Battle.

Places of worship:

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

Congregational Chapel, Holmes's Hill

Independent Calvinistic Chapel

Parish 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:

8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

10 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

The OPC is able to offer a look up service from the 1821 Chiddingly Census transcription with kind permission of the transcriber. (The transcription may be purchased from PBN publications, 24 The Avenue, Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8NP, which also contains a short introduction to the 1821 census, there is a link on the Useful Links page.)


Grid reference: 554500, 114500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have information about the people recorded on the war memorial

The Roll of Honour hanging in the church

War Memorial - transcription and photos

Other links relating to this parish:

Chiddingly Parish Council have an interesting web site which has memories of village life written down by William Chives in 1940-1941

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 120 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 5 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

The Church and Parish of Chiddingly was written in 1906 (revised in 1910, 1924) by the then Vicar, T.V.Southey

Chiddingly Brass Band - including photos

The Onion Pie Murder of 1852, transcription of contemporary newspaper articles

Settlement Orders & Cases pertinent to Chiddingly, 1661 - 1729

1839 Tithe Schedule for Chiddingly


There are 28 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 75 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

29 entries from the 1851 Post Office Directory.

46 entries from the 1862 Kelly's Directory.

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

1862 Kelly's Directory for Chiddingly.

1851 Post Office Directory for Chiddingly.


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

There are 6 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 4 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 2 wills which mention this parish.

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