Sidlesham, (West Sussex)

OPC for Sidlesham is : Stacey Gardner

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Sidlesham is a large parish of 4,179 acres, is bounded on the east by the Bremere Rife and on the south by the Broad Rife, dividing it from Selsey. The church and village lie in the north of the parish at the junction of a number of roads and lanes.

In 1755 Woodruffe Drinkwater of Chichester built a great tide-mill on the site, with three water-wheels, and eight pair of stones. This fine building was put out of action by the reclamation of Pagham Harbour in 1876 and was pulled down for the sake of its bricks in World War 1.

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The church, dedicated to St. Mary, stands east of the Chichester-Selsey road. It is built of rubble and stone, and a porch of brick; the roof is tiled. At the end of the 12th century there was begun a church with chancel, crossing, transepts flanked with eastern aisles or chapels; some years later this was continued by an aisled nave; the tower is of doubtful date, but may be as late as the later 16th century, with older dressed stones reused.

Places of worship:

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

St Mary

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Census returns:

People residing in the parish:

298 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.

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 1881 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 485500, 98500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour site has information about the war memorial

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 65 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 118 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 19 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


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

Postal directories:

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

1909 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1911 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1882 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1899 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1930 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1938 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1918 Kelly's Directory for Sidlesham

1851 Post Office Directory for Sidlesham


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

There is 1 article about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are no 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 no wills that mention this parish.

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