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Reference: Ep

The collection comprises the following:


Ep/I : The Diocese and Archdeaconry of Chichester:


Ep/I/1. Episcopal Registers, 1397-1792, 1842-1909


Ep/I/2. Official Indexes to the Episcopal Registers, 17th-19th centuries


Ep/I/3. General Subscription Books and Papers, 1635-1907


Ep/I/4. Curates' Subscription Books, 1799-1907


Ep/I/4A. Ordinands' Subscription Book, 1829-1975


Ep/I/5. Ordinands' Examination Papers, early 19th century


Ep/I/6. Presentations, 1544-1934


Ep/I/6A. Grants of Next Presentation, 1542-1611


Ep/I/6B. Papers relating to Advowsons, 1574-1920


Ep/I/6C. Nominations, 1550-1933


Ep/I/7. Induction Registers and Mandates, 1621-1848


Ep/I/8. Marriage Licence Registers, 1701-1977


Ep/I/8A. Marriage Licences, 1678-1856


Ep/I/9. Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits, 1605-1937


Ep/I/9A. Nullity Bonds, 1605


Ep/I/9B. Marriage Licence Papers, 1670-1933


Ep/I/10. Court Act Books and Instance Books, 1506-1798


Ep/I/11. Deposition Books, 1557-1694


Ep/I/12. Citation Books, 1614-1670


Ep/I/13. Excommunication Papers, 1612-1811


Ep/I/14. Taxation Books, 1606-1773


Ep/I/15. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1554-1851


Ep/I/16. Exhibits in Causes, 1616-1857


Ep/I/17. Detection Books, 1538-1960


Ep/I/18. Libri Cleri, 1521-1893


Ep/I/19. Registers of Orders, c.1582-c.1675


Ep/I/20. Visitation Papers, 1551-1910


Ep/I/21. Procuration Books and Papers, 1629-1630, 1681-1901


Ep/I/22. Churchwardens' Presentments, 1573-1917


Ep/I/22A. Ministers' Articles of Enquiry, 1804-1903


Ep/I/23. Registers of Presentments, 1571-1692


Ep/I/24. Parish Register Transcripts, 1567-1936


Ep/I/24A. Papers found with the Transcripts, 1573-1863


Ep/I/25. Church Terriers, 1572-1692


Ep/I/26. Church Inspection Books, 1602-1724, 1879-1935


-- Probate Records


Ep/I/27. Testaments and Wills, including records referenced STA, STD, STC and STM


Ep/I/28. Probate Commissions, 1626-1851


Ep/I/29. Probate Inventories, 1521-1834


Ep/I/30. Renunciations, 1556, 1624-1850


Ep/I/31. Probate Diaries, 1555/6-1858


Ep/I/32. Administration Bonds, 1760-1858


Ep/I/33. Probate Accounts, 1572-1710


Ep/I/34. Calendars, 1488-1814


Ep/I/35. Stamp Office Accounts, 1811-1858


Ep/I/36. Probate Act Papers, 1834-1857


Ep/I/37. Returns of Nonconformists, 1577-1727


Ep/I/38. Churchwardens' Subscriptions Books, 1847-1908


Ep/I/39. Appointments of Episcopal and other Officials, 1668-1929


Ep/I/40. Faculty and Consecration Papers, 1577-1946


Ep/I/41. Church Building Papers, 1743-1948


Ep/I/42. Registers of Non-Resident Clergy, and related Papers, 1742-1941


Ep/I/42A. Clergy Residence Returns, 1824-1921


Ep/I/43. Office Account Books, 1615-1933


Ep/I/44. Valors, 1582-1811


Ep/I/45. Convocation Papers, 1557-1919


Ep/I/46. Parliamentary and other Returns, 1803-1908


Ep/I/47. Education Papers, 1764-1968


Ep/I/48. Cause Papers, 18th century-1877


Ep/I/49. Correspondence and Petitions, 1545-1928


Ep/I/50. Inventories of Church Plate, 1889


Ep/I/51. Ecclesiastical Formularies and Treatises, 16th-19th centuries


Ep/I/52. Freeland's Papers, 19th century


Ep/I/53. Miscellanea, 1626-1933


Ep/I/54. Tithe Commutation Papers, 1829-1855


Ep/I/55. Sussex Vice-Admiralty Court Papers, 1638-1688


Ep/I/56. Civil Formularies and Treatises, 17th-19th centuries


Ep/I/57. Civil Miscellanea


Ep/I/58. Probate Registry Fee Lists, 1870-1908


Ep/I/59. Seal Matrices, 1841-1958


Ep/I/60. Baptismal Returns, 1851


Ep/I/61. Statistical Returns, 1906-1928


Ep/I/62. Confirmation Books and Papers, 1798-2000


Ep/I/63. Queen Anne's Bounty Papers, 1715-1908


Ep/I/64. The Papers of Bishop Burrows, 1912-1928


Ep/I/65. Bishop Bell's Enquiry, 1957


Ep/I/66. Letters Testimonial, 1570-1841


Ep/I/67. Ordination Papers, 1663-1829


Ep/I/68. Papers relating to Stipendiary Curacies, 1692-1960


Ep/I/69. Institution and Collation Papers, 1570-1934


Ep/I/70. Resignations, 1563-1908


Ep/I/71. Sequestration Papers, 1560-1929


Ep/I/72. Dispensations for Plurality, 1840-1930


Ep/I/73. Proxies, 1567-1610


Ep/I/74. Forms of Service, 1801-1908


Ep/I/75. Papers relating to the Bishop's Palace, 1608-1804


Ep/I/76. Appointments of Chaplains and Schoolmasters, 1736-1844


Ep/I/77. Genealogical Papers, 1796-1847


Ep/I/78. Papers relating to Charities, 17th century-1894


Ep/I/79. Convocation Returns, 1881


Ep/I/80. S.P.C.K. and S.P.G. Papers, 1799-1858


Ep/I/81. Bishop Gilbert's Oxford Papers, 19th century


Ep/I/82. Dissenters' Meeting House Certificates, 1804


Ep/I/83. Parish Papers [1549]-1856


Ep/I/84. Miscellaneous Accounts and Receipts, 1814-1863


Ep/I/85. Episcopal Accounts and Receipts, 1754-1863


Ep/I/86. Diocesan Papers, 1548-1937


Ep/I/87. Extra-Diocesan Papers, 1707-1834


Ep/I/88 Handlists and Files relating to the Episcopal records


Ep/I/89 Church of England Temperance Society: Chichester Diocesan, Branch, 1879-1921


Ep/I/90 Orders in Council, 1837-1937


Ep/I/90A Registers of Orders in Council, 1837-1905


Ep/I/91 Rural Deanery records, 1848-1976


Ep/I/92 Diocesan Registrar's Letter Books, 1917-1931


Ep/I/93 Schemes and Orders under the 1968 Pastoral Measure, 1971-1982


Ep/I/94 Lay Readers' records, 1877-1951


Ep/I/95 Registrar's Office papers, c1880-1936


Ep/I/96 Registers of Licences of Buildings for Divine Worship and the Celebration of Marriages, 1848-1961


Ep/I/97 Clergy Discipline book, 1897-1977.




Ep/II/1. General Subscription Book, 1604-1751


Ep/II/2. Marriage Licence Registers, 1586-1943


Ep/II/2A. Marriage Licences, 1784-1825


Ep/II/3. Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits, 1780-1936


Ep/II/4. Instance Books, 1581-1920


Ep/II/5. Deposition Books, 1580-1694


Ep/II/6. Citation Books, 1619-1641


Ep/II/7. Excommunication Books, 1675-1687


Ep/II/8. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1716-1868


Ep/II/9. Detection Books, 1550-1721


Ep/II/10. Libri Cleri, 1600-1913


Ep/II/11. Registers of Orders, 1586-1798


Ep/II/12. Letters of Orders, 1747-1812


Ep/II/13. Procuration Books and Papers, 1628-1901


Ep/II/14. Churchwardens' Presentments, 1641-1917


Ep/II/14A. Ministers' Articles of Enquiry, 1808-1903


Ep/II/15. Registers of Presentments, 1637-1719


Ep/II/16. Parish Register Transcripts, 1592-1912


Ep/II/16A. Papers found with the Transcripts, 1813-1878


Ep/II/17. Church Terriers, 1615-1729


Ep/II/18. Church Inspection Books, 1686-1724


Ep/II/19. Registers of Deaths, 1661-1732


Ep/II/20. Probate Commissions, 1720-1742


Ep/II/21. Probate Diary, 1645-1646


Ep/II/22. Administrators' Account Book, 1670-1684


Ep/II/23. Caveat Book, 1671-1728


Ep/II/24. Returns of Nonconformists, 1603-1727


Ep/II/25. Meeting House and Faculty Registers, 1662-1852


Ep/II/26. Faculty Registers and Muniment Books, 1803-1918


Ep/II/26A Papers relating to licences for worship etc, 1868-1878


Ep/II/27. Faculty Papers, 1732-c1946


Ep/II/28. Register of Non-Resident Clergy, 1804-1853


Ep/II/29. Formulary, 17th century


Ep/II/30. Induction Mandates, 1752-1924


Ep/II/31. Visitation Papers, 1755-1920


Ep/II/32. Churchwardens' Declarations, 1910-1920


Ep/II/33. Office Account Books, 1862-1894


Ep/II/34. Assessors' Election Papers, 1885-1919


Ep/II/35. Registrars' Private Correspondence, 1823-1910


Ep/II/36. Registrars' Office Papers, 1836-1879


Ep/II/37. Registrars' Miscellanea, 1852-1895


Ep/II/38. Seal Matrices, 1912-1946


Ep/II/39. Baptismal Returns, 1851


Ep/II/40. Education Papers, 1823-1868


Ep/II/41. Church Building Papers, 1704-1935


Ep/II/42. Parish Papers, 1586-1854


Ep/II/43. Appointments of Officials, 1782-1922.




Ep/III/1. General Subscription Book and Papers, 1739-1840


Ep/III/2. Presentations and Nominations, 1590-1833


Ep/III/2A. Grant of Next Presentation, 1578


Ep/III/3. Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits, 1666-1908


Ep/III/4. Act Books, 1484-1853


Ep/III/5. Deposition Books, 1607-1677


Ep/III/6. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1580-1838


Ep/III/7. Churchwardens' Presentments, 1621-1828


Ep/III/7A. Ministers' Articles of Enquiry, 1825-1828


Ep/III/8. Parish Register Transcripts, 1591-1912


Ep/III/9. Probate Papers, 1608-1739


Ep/III/10. Administration Bonds, 1666-1857


-- Testaments and Wills, 1536-1857


-- Probate Diaries, 1577/8-1857


Ep/III/11. Appointments of Officials, 1642-1792


Ep/III/12. Office Account Books, 1678-1862


Ep/III/13. Faculty Papers, 1805-1847


Ep/III/14. Institution Papers, 1642-1801


Ep/III/15. Resignations, 1571-1713


Ep/III/16. Sequestration Papers, 1768-1834


Ep/III/17. Dispensation for Plurality, 1784


Ep/III/18 Order in Council, 1952.




Ep/IV/1. Marriage Licence Bonds and Affidavits, 1692-1907


Ep/IV/2. Act Books, 1538-1856


Ep/IV/3. Deposition Books, 1611-1661


Ep/IV/4. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 16th-19th centuries


Ep/IV/5. Detection Book and Liber Cleri, 1581-1591


Ep/IV/6. Churchwardens' Presentments, 1602-1811


Ep/IV/7. Parish Register Transcripts, 1610-1912


Ep/IV/8. Church Terriers, 1615-1665


-- Testaments and Wills, 1516-1858


-- Probate Diaries, 1568-1858


Ep/IV/9. Administration Bonds, 1694-1857


Ep/IV/10. Administrators' Accounts, 1610-1685


Ep/IV/11. Office Account Book, 1718-1735


Ep/IV/12. Churchwardens' Subscription Book, 1835-1846


Ep/IV/13. Faculty Papers, 1783-1855


Ep/IV/14. Church Building Papers, 1819-1830.




Ep/V/1. Marriage Licence Registers, 1620-1732


Ep/V/2. Marriage Licence Affidavits, 1862-1881


Ep/V/3. Act Books, 1613-1865


Ep/V/4. Acts of Court, 1724-1865


Ep/V/5. Deposition Book, 1604-1621


Ep/V/6. Excommunication Book, 1673-1680


Ep/V/7. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1581-1843


Ep/V/8. Libri Cleri, 1606-1845


Ep/V/9. Register of Presentments, 1682-1719


Ep/V/10. Parish Register Transcripts, 1662-1908


Ep/V/11. Caveat Book, 1684-1734


Ep/V/12. Office Account Books, 1787-1881


Ep/V/13. Accounts, 1833-1874


Ep/V/14. Miscellanea, 1618-1881


Ep/V/15. Visitation Papers, 1832-1845


Ep/V/16. Churchwardens' Declarations, 1835-1845


Ep/V/16A. Ministers' Articles of Enquiry, 1875


Ep/V/17. Dissenters' Meeting Houses Certificates, 1773-1852


Ep/V/18. Faculty Papers, 1747-1821


Ep/V/19. Licences to Non-Resident Clergy, 1838-1845


Ep/V/20. Licences to Stipendiary Curates, 1824-1845


Ep/V/21. Church Building Papers, 1812-1835


Ep/V/22. Registrars' Correspondence, 1787-1800, 1827-1856.




Ep/VI/1. Cartularies, 13th-16th centuries


Ep/VI/2. Rentals, 1552-1894


Ep/VI/3. Land Tax Redemption, 1798-1843


Ep/VI/4. Account Books, 1521-1871


Ep/VI/5. Original Accounts, 1724-1891


Ep/VI/6. Rough Account Books, 1838-1900


Ep/VI/7. Daybooks, 1833-1861


Ep/VI/8. Ledgers, 1832-1853


Ep/VI/9. Cash Books, 1836-1854


Ep/VI/10. Miscellaneous Account Books, 1833-1864


Ep/VI/11. Pie Powder Court Book and Papers, 1582-1801


Ep/VI/12. Manor Court Books, 1502-1692


Ep/VI/13. Aldingbourne Court Rolls, 1648-1701


Ep/VI/14. Aldingbourne Court Books, 1670-1948


Ep/VI/15. Aldingbourne Draft Court Books, 1737-1791


Ep/VI/16. Aldingbourne Court Abstracts, 1606-1768


Ep/VI/17. Aldingbourne Rentals, 1725-1895


Ep/VI/18. Aldingbourne Survey, 1647


Ep/VI/19. Aldingbourne Court Papers, 1692-1948


Ep/VI/19A,20. Amberley Court Rolls, 1295-1508, 1641-1687


Ep/VI/21. Amberley Court Books, 1670-1936


Ep/VI/22. Amberley Draft Court Books, 1737-1844


Ep/VI/23. Amberley Court Abstracts, 1606-1763


Ep/VI/24. Amberley Surveys [1644]-1866


Ep/VI/25. Amberley Court Papers, 1647-1921


Ep/VI/26,27. Amberley Inclosure Award, 1828


Ep/VI/28. Amberley Leases


Ep/VI/28A Amberley Accounts, 1466-1467


Ep/VI/29. Cakeham Court Rolls, 1641-1697


Ep/VI/30. Cakeham and Manhood Court Books, 1670-1937


Ep/VI/31. Cakeham and Manhood Draft Court Books, 1737-1791


Ep/VI/32. Cakeham Court Abstract, 1761


Ep/VI/33. Cakeham Surveys, 1647-1853


Ep/VI/34. Cakeham Court Papers, 1700-1937


Ep/VI/35. Ferring and Fure Court Rolls, 1642-1687


Ep/VI/36. Ferring and Fure Court Books, 1670-1935


Ep/VI/37. Ferring and Fure Draft Court Books, 1736-1791


Ep/VI/37A. Ferring and Fure Court Abstracts, 1761


Ep/VI/37B. Ferring and Fure Surveys, 1647-1851


Ep/VI/38. Ferring and Fure Court Papers, 1700-1909


Ep/VI/38A, 39. Manhood Hundred Court Rolls, 1400-1483, 1671-1697


Ep/VI/40. Manhood Hundred Court Papers, 1700-1863


Ep/VI/41. Streatham Court Rolls, 1660-1688


Ep/VI/42. Streatham and Tipnoke Court Books, 1670-1935


Ep/VI/43. Streatham and Tipnoke Draft Court Books, 1737-1791


Ep/VI/44. Streatham Parliamentary Survey, 1647


Ep/VI/45. Miscellaneous Records relating to Streatham and other Manors, 1619-1868


Ep/VI/46. Streatham Court Papers, 1699-1939


Ep/VI/47. Tipnoke Hundred Court Rolls, 1670-1687


Ep/VI/48. Tipnoke Hundred Court Papers, 1700-1848


Ep/VI/49. Birdham Common Inclosure Award, 1793


Ep/VI/50. West Wittering Common Inclosure Award, 1793


Ep/VI/51. London Estate Registers of Leases, 1700-1854


Ep/VI/52. London Estate Rentals, 1722-1846


Ep/VI/53. London Estate Leases, 1719-1883


Ep/VI/54. London Estate Miscellanea, 1548-1854


Ep/VI/55. Sussex Estate Registers of Leases, 1661-1869


Ep/VI/56. Sussex Estate Leases, temp. Eliz. I - 1882


Ep/VI/57. Miscellaneous Surveys, 1750-1880


Ep/VI/58. Correspondence (Episcopal Estates), 1743-1863


Ep/VI/59. Correspondence (Railways), 1836-1853


Ep/VI/60. Estate correspondence, 1903-1948.




Ep/VII/1. Induction Mandates, 1912-1924


Ep/VII/2. Visitation Papers, 1913-1962


Ep/VII/3. Churchwardens' Articles of Enquiry, 1913-1961


Ep/VII/4. Churchwardens' Declarations, 1915-1922


Ep/VII/5. Assessors' Election Papers, 1912-1922


Ep/VII/6. Seal Matrices, 1912-1938


Ep/VII/7. Marriage Licence Affidavits, 1912-1936


Ep/VII/8. Orders in Council, 1912-1966


Ep/VII/9. Church Inspection Papers under 1955 Measure


Ep/VII/10. Correspondence, 1930-1952.




Ep/VIII/1. Probate and Administration Papers, 1610-1852


Ep/VIII/2. Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1689-1754


Ep/VIII/3. Visitation Papers, 1731-1844


Ep/VIII/4. Presentations, 1731-1920


Ep/VIII/5. Marriage Licences and Affidavits, 1814-1921


Ep/VIII/6. Building Papers, 1863-1924


Ep/VIII/7. Licences to Stipendiary Curacies, 1837-1902


Ep/VIII/8. Seal


Ep/VIII/9. Historical Notes, 1899


Ep/VIII/10. Faculty Papers, 1919


Ep/VIII/11. Tithe Books and Papers, 1733-1897.




Ep/IX/1 Registers and journals, 1839-1956


Ep/IX/2 Minute books of C.T.C. Ltd, 1926-1967


Ep/IX/3 Reports, 1910-1927


Ep/IX/4 Prospectuses, 1925-1980


Ep/IX/5 Printed lists of students, 1885-1897


Ep/IX/6 Printed ordination lists, 1921-1965


Ep/IX/7 Daily activities, 1855-1982


Ep/IX/7/1 Rules


Ep/IX/7/2 Timetables


Ep/IX/7/3 Devotions


Ep/IX/7/4 Lecture lists and visiting speakers


Ep/IX/7/5 Student societies


Ep/IX/8 Special events, 1882-1990


Ep/IX/8/1 Programmes and orders of services


Ep/IX/8/2 Invitations


Ep/IX/8/3 Appeals


Ep/IX/8/4 Other memorabilia


Ep/IX/9 College papers and correspondence, 1904-1989


Ep/IX/10 College buildings, 1883-1988


Ep/IX/11 Obituaries and biographies, 1879-1990


Ep/IX/12 Private manuscripts and papers, 1840-1965


Ep/IX/13 Private correspondence, 1933-1961


Ep/IX/14 Printed books and pamphlets, 1564, 1833-1969


Ep/IX/15 Press cuttings, 1913-1985


Ep/IX/16 Films, photographs and recordings, 1879-1993


Ep/IX/16/1-3 Albums


Ep/IX/16/4 College photographs


Ep/IX/16/5 Team and club photographs


Ep/IX/16/6 Portraits


Ep/IX/16/7 College buildings and college life


Ep/IX/16/8 Special events


Ep/IX/16/9 Other photographs


Ep/IX/16/10 Films and slides


Ep/IX/16/11 Recordings


Ep/IX/17 Records of St. Bartholomew's parish church, 1869-1965


Many volumes have been foliated or paginated more than once, but it is advisable always to follow the pencil foliation when using a book in the collection; it has been a rule in compiling this Catalogue to use what is believed to be the most recent foliation. A higher folio or page number preceding a lower (e.g. ff.10-3, pp. 312-260) indicates that the volume has been used from both ends.


It should be emphasized that the printed catalogue mark under which any records are described is the one which should be quoted; the earlier (and often confusing) catalogue marks, if they are found on documents, should be ignored

Date: 14th - 21st centuries
Held by: West Sussex Record Office, not available at The National Archives

Miscellaneous papers (e.g. Ep/I/15), have been sorted into chronological order so far as is possible.


The previous sortings to which the documents have been subjected and the fact that they received numbers which have been quoted in print has caused difficulties. In brief, however, documents have only been transferred from one class to another in cases where it was unavoidable because of earlier mis-sorting. The original groupings made in the 1950s (Ep/I/1-57, II/1-37, III/1-13, IV/1-13, V/1-18, VI/1-60 and VII/1-7) have been retained although they sometimes include unrelated documents; the index should solve any problems arising from such errors in the original classification. New numbers have been added (Ep/I/58-88, II/38-43, III/14-17, IV/14, V/19-21, VII/8 and VIII) to provide references to "stray" documents and later accessions

Language: English
Extent: Approx. 313 series
Custodial history:

On 21 July 1949 the Bishop of Chichester, acting in accordance with the Parochial Registers and Records Measure, 1929, established a Record Office for his Diocese with the agreement of the County Council of West Sussex. In February 1951, Dr. Bell arranged for the deposit of his episcopal archives in the Diocesan Record Office at Chichester on "permanent loan" under the care of the County Archivist.


An examination of certain sections of these records will disclose many gaps, especially for the earlier periods; whether the loss may be attributed to the sacking of the Cathedral during the Civil War, or to the neglect of generations of registrars, or to the wanton destruction of "old papers", we shall never know, but of the three possibilities the second is the least likely

Administrative History:



Ep/I. THE DIOCESE OF CHICHESTER was coterminous with the County of Sussex except for:--


(1). Four peculiar jurisdictions, i.e. that of the Dean of Chichester, the exempt deanery of Pagham and Tarring, that of the Dean of Battle, and the exempt deanery of South Malling. These were abolished 1 Jan. 1846 (Order in Council, 8 Aug. 1845) when the first two became part of the Archdeaconry of Chichester and the other two part of the Archdeaconry of Lewes.


(2). North and South Ambersham which were detached portions of Steep parish (co. Hants., dio. Winchester) transferred to Selham in Sussex in 1844 (7 & 8 Vict. c. 61) but not to the Diocese of Chichester until 1916 (London Gazette, 18 Aug. 1916).


(3). Tunbridge Wells (King Charles the Martyr) which was created a consolidated chapelry in the Diocese of Canterbury in 1889 partly out of the parish of Broadwater Down and later transferred to the Diocese of Rochester.


The area of the ARCHDEACONRY OF CHICHESTER has remained unchanged except for (1) and (2) above and by an Order in Council (15 Aug. 1929) when the parishes of Colgate St. Saviour, Crawley with West Crawley, and Ifield were transferred from the Archdeaconry of Lewes to that of Chichester, and Bramber with Botolphs was transferred from Chichester to Lewes. In 1943, Lower Beeding was transferred from Chichester to Lewes.


Until the mid-19th century the four Rural Deaneries in the Archdeaconry of Chichester were those of Arundel, Boxgrove, Midhurst and Storrington; there are now nine.


Ep/II. The area of the ARCHDEACONRY of LEWES was the rest of the county until the creation of the Archdeaconry of Hastings in 1912. The changes in the Archdeaconry are referred to under the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Chichester (Ep/I above). The four Rural Deaneries until the mid-19th century were those of Dallington, Hastings, Lewes and Pevensey; there are now nine.


Ep/III. THE DEAN OF CHICHESTER'S PECULIAR comprised the Chichester parishes of St. Andrew, St. Bartholomew, St. Martin, St. Olave, St. Pancras, St. Peter the Great [Subdeanery], St. Peter the Less [incorrectly known as St. Peter-juxta-Guildhall], and New Fishbourne, Rumboldswyke and the precinct of the Close. The peculiar was not subject to visitation by the Archdeacon; jurisdiction was vested in the Bishop during a vacancy. The peculiar jurisdiction was abolished 1 Jan. 1846 (see Ep/I above).


Ep/IV. THE EXEMPT DEANERY OF PAGHAM AND TARRING was in the hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury and comprised the following parishes and chapelries: South Bersted, Chichester All Saints, Durrington, Heene, East Lavant, Pagham, Patching, Slindon, Tangmere, West Tarring and Plaistow in Kirdford. Other areas of jurisdiction were:--


Chichester: The Headacre, in parish of St. Pancras [in 1705 described as "the Fourteen houses in the parish of St. Pancrass which are within the peculiar Jurisdiccon of the Archbishop of Canterbury", Ep/IV/4/12. Site unknown.].


Chichester: The Vintry ["infra warda vocat' le ventr' Cicest' jurisdictionis peculiaris", Ep/IV/4/13. Possibly in Upper St. Martin's Lane or Crooked S Lane. (1590].


Horsham: The Bishoprick [also frequently called Bishopsbridge].


Bognor St. John: site of proposed chapel (in parish of South Bersted) consecrated 1822, and first curate appointed 1839.


This peculiar was never inhibited and was abolished 1 Jan. 1846 (see Ep/I above).


Ep/V. THE EXEMPT DEANERY OF SOUTH MALLING, also in the hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury, comprised Buxted, Edburton, Framfield, Glynde, Hadlow Down, Isfield, Lewes St. Thomas-at-Cliffe, Lindfield, Mayfield, Ringmer, South Malling, Stanmer, Uckfield and Wadhurst, with chapelries at [East] Chiltington, Hartfield, Withyham and Wivelsfield. A very small part of East Grinstead was also included in this jurisdiction which was never inhibited and was abolished 1 Jan. 1846 (see Ep/I above).


Ep/VII. THE ARCHDEACONRY OF HASTINGS was created by Order in Council, 24 June 1912, and was to 'comprise and consist of the Rural Deaneries of Pevensey I, Pevensey II, Hastings I, Hastings II and Dallington and the parishes of Frant, Tidebrook and Wadhurst'. The area now comprises seven rural deaneries.


Ep/VIII. THE DEAN OF BATTLE'S PECULIAR was the lowey, or liberty, of Battle Abbey. Although the incumbent of Battle is still styled the Dean of Battle, the peculiar jurisdiction was abolished 1 Jan. 1846 when the deanery became part of the Archdeaconry of Lewes; since 1912 it has been in the Archdeaconry of Hastings. The parish register transcripts are Ep/II/16/10 (Battle) and II/16/138 (Netherfield)

Publication Notes:
  • For an explanation of the parish boundaries, and in particular of the confusion over the various parishes of St. Peter, see W. D. Peckham, 'The Parishes of the City of Chichester', in Sussex Archaeological Collections, vol. 74, pp. 65-97

  • Chichester Theological College
Creator Names:
  • Diocese of Chichester
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  • There still remains at the Diocesan Registry some records (e.g. Bishops' Registers and Faculty Papers) which overlap in date some others described in this catalogue.


    For lists of rural deaneries in the Archdeaconry of Chichester, the Archdeaconry of Lewes and the Archdeaconry of Hastings see the 'Chichester Diocesan Directory'

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