Shipley, (West Sussex)

OPC for Shipley is : Linda Bishop

Email: Linda Bishop.

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Shipley takes its name from a Saxon word meaning 'the place of pasture'. It is the second largest parish in Sussex with an area just under 8000 acres and is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1087. William de Braose, a powerful supporter of William the Conqueror, was given the manor of Shipley and 40 other manors, including Knepp where he built the original castle, soon after the Battle of Hastings. He and his son participated in the Crusades and were great benefactors of the church. The son passed the estates at Shipley to his nephew, whose brother, Dean of Lincoln, gave them to the Knights Templar.

Shipley church is on of the oldest Norman churches in Sussex. It dates from the 12th century, contemporary with Chichester Cathedral, and was built by the Knights Templar on the site of a much earlier church.

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Shipley mill has been made famous as the fictional home of the hero of the BBC television series, Jonathan Creek. The mill is an eight-sided smock mill, so-called because of the resemblance to an old-fashioned farm labourer's smock.

Places of worship:

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

Blue Idol, Coolham

Chapel, St Cuthman's Retreat, Coolham

Mission Hall, Coolham

St Mary the Virgin

Wesleyan Chapel, Dragon's Green

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.

5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

9 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

18 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census returns - look up service offered


Grid reference: 514500, 121500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Other links relating to this parish:

The OPC has photocopies of parish inventories and tax returns (1807, 1826) and offers a look up service

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 66 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 169 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 76 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 52 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 2 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.

Roughwood Mill Album has images of Shipley Windmill (the fictional home of the hero of the BBC television series, Jonathan Creek)

Postal directories:

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

1851, 1861, 1867 Post Office Directory - look up service offered

1882, 1911, 1930, 1938 Kelly's Directory - look up service offered


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

There are 8 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There is 1 person 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 7 wills which mention this parish.

The OPC has various photocopies and transcripts of Shipley wills and offers a look up service

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