Tangmere, (West Sussex)

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The Saxon church of St Andrew was almost certainly of timber, replaced in 1100 by a sturdy stone and timber building.

In 1341 King Edward II granted the new Archbishop of Canterbury the right to hold a fair at Tangmere on St Andrew's day. This event is held by the church every autumn.

The Manor of Tangmere was owned by a range of dignitaries – firstly the Archbishop of Canterbury until 1542, when Henry VIII claimed possession, passing later to Cardinal Archbishop Pole and then to the Crown again, being granted by Elizabeth I to Richard Baker and Sir Richard Sackville, a cousin of Anne Boleyn.

In 1579 Tangmere became part of the Halnaker estate. This was acquired by the 3rd Duke of Richmond who succeeded to his title at the age of 15, inheriting 1,100 acres. When he died in 1806, the Goodwood estates, including Tangmere, totalled 17,000 acres.

In 1917 Tangmere was transformed into a Royal Flying Corps, then Royal Air Force aerodrome and in 1939 the airfield was enlarged to defend the south coast against the Luftwaffe. The church was untouched by Nazi bombing in 1940 but sadly, a freak storm in October 2003 brought a lightning strike which ripped the spire, damaged the roof and caused devastation inside the church.

Places of worship:

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

St Andrew

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.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.


Grid reference: 490500, 106247 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

1914-1918 Memorial - in St Andrew's church, photograph and transcription

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 14 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 31 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 1 entry for someone associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 7 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

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1851 Post Office Directory for Tangmere


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