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Parish History

WOOLAVINGTON, a parish in Midhurst district, Sussex; nominally two and one-half miles SSW of Petworth railway station, but partly adjoining Midhurst, and comprising several portions at considerable distances from one another . It has a post-office, of the name of Lavington, under Petworth.[1]

The church has a small sepulchral chapel attached. Here are places of worship for Wesleyans; and a national school.[2]

The redundant Anglican church of East Lavington St Peter, also known as Seaford College Chapel is an Ancient Parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex. The Church has become the chapel to Seaford College which owns the 400 acres associated with East Lavington House

A history of the church East Lavington

The Parish church of St Peter the Drive East Lavington has been designated asa grade II* listed building British listed building

Woolavington Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC)

See also East Lavington Wikipedia


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

From 1837 the history of civil registration can be found at Midhurst registration district
Certificates can be ordered from West Sussex Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
Phone: 01243 642122

Church records

Woolavington, Sussex parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[5]
SOPC = Sussex Online Parish Clerks - free[6]
Woolavington, Sussex Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1880-1897 (gaps)

IGI 1571-1937 1571-1875
PRTS 1571-1902
SOPC Undisclosed

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing film numbers in their collection Woolavington

Poor Law Unions

Midhurst Poor Law Union, Sussex

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 474672.

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search. 

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Sussex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. John Marius WilsonImperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted 23 may 2013.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 661-663. Date Accessed: 4 October 2013
  3. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 30 December 2013.
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 January 2014.
  5. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 22 December 2013.
  6. Sussex Online Parish Clerks, accessed 7 January 2014.


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