Post Office Directory 1851, Funtington, West Sussex

Funtington is an extensive parish, 5 miles north-west from Chichester, in Bosham hundred, rape of Chichester, Westbourne union, bordering on the Downs, and contains, 3,810 acres. The principal landed proprietors are the Duke of Richmond, Captain Berkeley, John Baring, Esq., and George Fort, Esq. The village, situated in the western part of the parish, is small but pleasant; the principal seats are Oakwood, the seat of J. Baring, Esq., a neat mansion, on an elevation commanding picturesque and extensive views; Northlands, the seat of Charles Crosbie, Esq., and Densworth House. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £158 per annum, in the deanery of Boxgrove, and patronage of the Dean & Chapter of Chichester, and incumbency of the Rev. George Bliss. The church, in the later style of English architecture, consists of chancel, nave, aisles and embattled tower. The population, in 1851, was ,100; assessed at £7,135. East Ashling and West Ashling are tithings, and Sennicotts is a hamlet belonging to Funtington. Here is a chapel of ease. The living is a curacy, of which the Rev. Charles Buckner is incumbent. Sennicotts is a pleasant seat delightfully situated, the property of C. Teesdale, Esq.

Racton is a parish 7 miles north-west from Chichester, in Westbourne hundred and union, rape of Chichester, bounded on the west by Hampshire, and on the north, south and east by Stoughton & Westbourne, Its area is 1,260 acres; the soil is inclined to chalk and marl. A portion of Stansted Park extends into this parish, on an n elevated part of which Lord Halifax erected a lofty castellated building, from which are commanding views over sea & land. It has long been in ruins, although a considerable portion is still standing. The living is a rectory with Lordington curacy, value £183 per annum, in the deanery of Boxgrove, and patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Chichester, and incumbency of the Rev. W. Watkins; the soil belongs to the Earl of Dartmouth, Charles Dixon, Esq., and Admiral Hornby. The population, in 1841, was 101; assessed at £1,253. Lordington is an ancient chapelry belonging to this parish.

Stoughton is an extensive parish, 7 miles north-west from Chichester, in the hundred and union of Westbourne, rape of Chichester. Its area is 5,350 acres; population, in 1841, was 578. The benefice is a vicarage, value £260 per annum, in the patronage of the Bishop of Chichester, and incumbency of the Rev. Richard Miliken. Stansted House, and a large portion of the spacious park, are in this parish. It is the seat and property of Charles Dixon, Esq. The mansion, one of the largest and most elegant in the county, stands in a beautiful and well-wooded park, on the border of Hampshire, with avenues extending for upwards of 2 miles; the park covers an area of more than 1,00 acres. Walderton is also a tithing of this parish.

West Stoke, in Bosham hundred, rape of Chichester, a pleasant parish of small extent, adjoining Funtington, contains 880 acres of chiefly down land; the population, in 1841, was 98, assessed at £806. The village is small and retired. The principal house is Stoke House, which was for many years the residence of Lord George Henry Lennox, the grandfather of the present Duke of Richmond. It is now the residence of Sir Henry Roper. On the southern acclivity of the Downs are 2 large mounds, supposed to have been erected over the bodies of the sea kings, whom the men of Chichester encountered and slew, in the year 900. The living is a rectory, value £170 per annum, in the deanery of Boxgrove, patronage of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Charles Buckner. The soil belongs to the Duke of Richmond.

The Funtington, Ashling & West Stoke letters received through Chichester, & those for Stoughton & Racton, through Emsworth.

Baring John, Oakwood
Berekeley Hon. Augustus
Bliss Rev. George, Parsonage House
Crosbie Charles, Esq. Northlands
Douglas Mrs. West Ashling
Douglas Rev. Stair, West Ashling
D’Oyly Serjeant Thomas, Ashling House
Fort George Monkhouse, esq.
Henty Robert, esq. Densworth House
Smith Rev. Henry, M.A. Densworth Cottage

Artlett George, wheelwright, West Ashling
Bone John, bricklayer
Bramwell Daniel, farmer
Brown James, beer retailer, West Ashling
Bulbeck & Richards, farmer, Down Farm
Chase James, baker & shopkeeper, West Ashling
Cheesman Roger, farmer, Hambrook
Coles Charles, baker & grocer, West Ashling
Coles David, brewer, West Ashling
Collins John, bricklayer & parish clerk
Ewens William, saddler
Ford Frederick, blacksmith, West Ashling
Goodger William, butcher, West Ashling
Grainger George, farmer, West Ashling
Jefferry William, miller, Ratham mill
Matthews Richard, wheelwright
Miller George, carpenter, West Ashling
Morgan John, farmer, East Ashling
Northeast George, beer retailer & butcher, East Ashling
Oakshot Phillip, bricklayer, West Ashling
Peskett George, surgeon, East Ashling
Powell John, bootmaker, East Ashling
Reed George, carpenter, East Ashling
Reynolds Mrs. Ann, National School mistress
Reynolds Henry, National School master
Russell John, boot maker, East Ashling
Russell William, blacksmith
Scardevil John, farmer
Sharp Charles, carrier, & “Horse & Groom,”
East Ashling
Smith & Wood, millers, Ashling Mill
Smith George, farmer & maltster, West Ashling
Smith John, farmer & miller, West Ashling
Toms William, “Horse & Groom”
Weston James, farmer, West Ashling

Bowler Grantham, farmer
Hipkin Thomas Painter, farmer

Dixon Charles, esq. Stansted House
Holland Lieut. Rupert Charles
Miliken Rev. Richard, M.A. Vicarage

Bettsworth John, blacksmith, Walderton
Davis William, brewer, maltster, grocer & baker, Walderton
Durant Henry, grocer, & “Hare & Hound”
Gibbins John, wheelwright, Walderton
Hedgcock Edmund, wheelwright
Martin Edward, National School, Walderton
Mills Thomas, boot maker, Walderton
Pinnix John, farmer, Walderton
Powell George, farmer, Northwood Farm
Salisbury James, farmer
Smith James, steward to C. Dixon, esq.
Tribe John, farmer, Walderton
Whicher Charles, famrer
Whicher Charles, jun. farmer

West Stoke
Roper Sir Henry, Stoke House
Young William, farmer


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