Kelly's Directory 1909, Durrington, East Sussex

Durrington is a parish 2 miles north-west from Worthing, in the mid division of the county, East Preston union, Worthing petty sessional division and county court district & hundred of Brightford, rural deanery of Storrington (4th division), and archdeaconry & diocese of Chichester. The old church is a ruin, but adjoining it is a temporary iron church, erected 1890, and served by the rector of West Tarring. The register dates from the year 1623, but since 1792 entries for baptisms & burials have been made in the registers of West Tarring, where also marriages have be solemnized since 1752, The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of West Tarring, joint net yearly value £259, with residence, in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and held since 1898 by the Rev. Charles Lee, of St Bees, who resides at West Tarring. Offington is the seat of Julian Charles Gaisford esq. J.P. The principal landowners are the Duke of Norfolk K.G. Col. Sir Alfred P. F. C. Somerset K.C.B. of Castle Goring, Lieut-Col. William George Margesson, of Findon Place, and Col. Arthur Henty V.D. of Chestham Park, Henfield. The soil is light; sub-soil, chalk. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, turnips & mangel-wurzel. The area is 900 acres; rateable value, £6,096; and the population in 1901 was 257.

Post Office – John Carey, sub-postmaster. Letters through Worthing arrive at 6.40am & 1.30pm; dispatched at 11.40am & 6.30pm; Sundays, arrive at 6.40am; dispatched, 11.30am. West Tarring is the nearest money order office & Tarring Crossing is the nearest telegraph office.
Wall letter box, Coate, cleared 11.30am & 6.25pm; Sundays, 11.20am

Public Elementary Council School (mixed & infants), built in 1909, for 160 children, average attendance, 100; L. Boorer, master

Salvington formerly a hamlet of West Tarring has been transferred to this parish under the “Local Government Board’s Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 7) Act, 1902” and was the birthplace, 16th December 1584, of John Selden. The house wherein Seldon was born is a small cottage known as “Lacies” still bearing on its lintel the inscription:- “Gratvs Honeste Mih’ No’ Clavdar Inito Sedeqe Fvr Abeas No’ Sy’ Facta Solvta Tibi”

The entry of Seldon’s baptism is thus registered :- “1584 John the sonne of John Seldon, the minstrel, was baptised the 20th day of December”

The area is 660 acres; population, 203; part of Broardwater is also added to this parish by the above order.

Post Office Salvington – William Holden, sub-postmaster. Letters from Worthing arrive at 6.30am & 1.15pm; dispatched at 11.35am & 6.35pm; Sundays arrive at 6.30am; dispatched at 11.35am. West Tarring, 1 mile distant is the nearest money order & Tarring Crossing is the nearest telegraph office.

Private Residents
Arno Major M. Wilson, Avoca
Faull Charles Edwin, The Bungalow
Gaisford Julian Charles J.P. Offington
Goodman Maurice, South Cottage
Martin Walter, 1 Franklin Road
Newnham James, Holly Grove
Rice William James Hammond, Purley
Robinson William, Manor House
Tait Mrs. M. I. Elmcroft
Tunstell William Thomas, 2 Franklin Road
Willicombe Mrs. Elmhurst
Wisden Mrs. The Warren

Blisset Thomas, fruit grower
Bursnall William Henry, saddler, harness, boot & shoe maker
Burt F. L. fruit grower
Carey John, grocer, post office
Cave Robert M. fruit grower
Church George, butcher
Cole Fletcher, refreshment rooms, The Mill
Coote & Sons, bakers & corn dealers
Cotching & Matthews, fruit growers
Douglas Bros. fruit growers, Rock Terrace
Douglas Henry, fruit grower, Fern Bank
Durrington Brick Co. Ltd.
Gasson & Smith, coach builders
Helsdon Jane (Miss), insurance agent, Durrington Lane
Leggatt Luke, market gardener
Linberry Leonard, farmer
Mathews Harold, fruit grower, see Cotching & Mathews
Mathews John Kenneth, fruit grower, Seaview Nursery
Mills William, farmer, Coate
Mitchell Edward, apartments, Sunny Side
Overington Alfred, blacksmith
Ringrose James, farmer
Saunders William Nathaniel, fruit grower, Red Cedars
Symons Alfred, farmer, Hamleigh
Taylor Brothers, fruit growers
Thompson Henry, shopkeeper
Thorpe Harold, fruit grower, Glencoe
Varley George Herbert, fruit grower
Wetherall John, farmer, Greenstede
White Walter, Lamb Inn
Willard George, North Starr Inn
Worsley Frederick Charles, refreshment rooms
Worthing Municipal Isolation Hospital (R.H.Wilshaw M.B., Ch.B. medical officer; Miss R.A.Hall, matron), Swandean

Bromfield Miss, Causton
Hill George, Lashburn Cottage
Wisden Patrick, Salvington Lodge

Ansfield Frances Ellen (Mrs), Spotted Cow P.H.
Charman Louisa (Mrs), laundress
Holden William, grocer & baker, post office
Lephard Percy E. farmer
Lewis Edward, farm bailiff to P. Lephard esq. East Villa
Mills Edward & John, fruit growers, Salvington vineries
Pierre Leon Alexander, Half Moon P.H.
Taylor Alic B. & William, florists
Webb Frances Alice (Mrs), farmer

21 Aug 2006

Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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