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Petworth St Mary


Parish History

Petworth St Mary is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Sussex.Other places in the parish include: Byworth.

PETWORTH (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Rotherbridge, rape of Arundel, W. division of Sussex, 14miles (N. E. by N.) from Chichester, and 49 (S. W. by S.)from London; containing 3364 inhabitants

The parish comprises 5982a. 2r. 12p., of which 3118acres are arable, 1265 meadow and pasture, 1236 woodland, and 167 common and waste. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £41. 10. 5., and in the gift of Colonel Wyndham: the incumbent's tithes have been commuted for £850, and the glebe comprises157 acres; the rector of Duncton, also, receives £350out of the tithes. The church, erected about the time of Henry VII., was nearly rebuilt under the direction ofC. Barry, Esq., at a cost of about £16,000, defrayed by the Earl of Egremont. It now consists of a nave,chancel, and north and south aisles, with an ancient chapel dedicated to St. Thomas at the east end of the north aisle, in which some members of the family of Percy, earls of Northumberland, are buried, and in which is a handsome monument by Carew, erected at the expense of the earl, in 1837, to the memory of the Percys.The tower surmounted by a beautiful spire 180 feet high, is at the east end of the south aisle. The interior of the church is exceedingly neat: the windows of the chancel of St. Thomas's chapel, and the south aisle, are of stained glass; and there is a splendid organ, which cost £600. Here are places of worship for Independents and Calvinists.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 558-564. URL: Date accessed: 01 May 2011.


Civil Registration

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Probate records

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