East Lavant, (West Sussex)

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Lavant is a large parish of 4,072 acres. It lies on the southern slopes of the Downs towards Chichester, to the south of the parishes of West Dean and Binderton, It measures about 2½ miles from north to south and the same from east to west. The River Lavant flows through it from north to south, The railway runs parallel to the river and the road. Since July 1935 the line has been used only for goods traffic.

The church of St Mary has its roots in the 12th century but the only visual remains is the west wall. Both of the naïve walls were lost to aisles in the 13th century. The church’s best features are the Norman west doorway and a round arch with chevron decoration, and the brick tower of 1671. All the very old stones in the churchyard have been removed and used as paving stones for the path. Three large tomb slabs have been used to make 3 steps on the westside.

Places of worship:

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

St Mary

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 1851 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.


Grid reference: 486500, 108500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 8 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 63 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 9 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 10 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

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

1851 Post Office Directory for East Lavant


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

There are no 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.


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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