Pagham, (West Sussex)

OPC for Pagham is : Stacey Gardner

Email: Stacey Gardner.

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The earliest evidence of occupation in the area is the Roman material discovered in the excavations at Becket's Barn in 1974. Middle Saxon pottery was found in the same excavations.

A church in Pagham is first mentioned in Domesday Book. The 1976 church excavations showed fairly conclusively that the Domesday church and probably at least one earlier church were on the site of the present parish church of St. Thomas à Beckett built in 1206..

The name Pagham derives from the Saxon name meaning Pæcga's settlement was an important Saxon Port in the 13th century. It was one of the foremost ports in England, sending wool to Europe. Following a huge storm in 1341 a large area of the Parish was devastated by the sea

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The hamlet of Charlton was engulfed and disappeared. The harbour silted up and during the 14th century, Pagham’s wealth diminished. In 1401 Pagham was omitted from the List of South Coast harbours. and faded into obscurity.

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The Parish contains a number of ancient buildings. Opposite the Church is the Old Cottage, built at the same time as the current Church in 1206. Becket’s Barn in the Church Farm Holiday Centre is the restored Tithe barn of a large Rectory first mentioned in 1299 in a dispute over the appointment of a Rector of Pagham. The Vicarage at the end of Church Lane is fist mentioned in 1626 and overlooks the Harbour. In parts 1200 years old Barton Manor is reputedly the oldest continuously occupied manor house in England.

Other Pagham parishes:

Aldwick, Nyetimber.

Places of worship:

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

Methodist Church

St Andrew

St Ninian's URC

St Thomas à Becket

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.


Grid reference: 488500, 97500 ~ 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 86 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 143 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 11 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 37 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Roughwood Postcard Album have images of Nyetimber windmill

Postal directories:

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

1867 Kelly's Directory for Pagham is available on the GENUKI site

1909 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1911 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1882 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1899 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1930 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1938 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1918 Kelly's Directory for Pagham

1851 Post Office Directory for Pagham


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

There are 5 articles 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 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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