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The Trotton & Chithurst Guide
Trotton, Chithurst, Dumpford and the surrounding areas.
A virtual guide for visitor and residents.

Trotton with Chithurst is a parish of West Sussex on the Petersfield to Midhurst section of the A272, approx. 7 miles (10k) west of Midhurst. There are 2 churches- St Mary's in Chithurst and St George's in Trotton.
Chithurst is the location of the Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery, a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism.
The, now closed, Keepers Arms pub sits on the A272, once called The Blue Anchor and previously a Blacksmiths shop, it had been an inn for over 150 years. The Southdowns Hotel is closeby in Dumpford. In 1980 Ballards Brewery was launched at Cumbers Farm, Trotton. The 2001 census for Trotton & Chithurst showed a total population of 328 with 129 households.
The dramatist Thomas Otway was born in Trotton in 1652.

Keepers Arms, Trotton - A272 - closed
Photo- Patricia Steel - 17 February, 2007
Keepers Arms 1972
Last orders at the Keepers Arms July 1972

In July 1980 Ballards Best Bitter was launched from the old cow house at Cumbers Farm, Trotton. The brewery
was moved to the Ballards Pub in Elsted
in 1985 & in 1988, to the current
premises in Nyewood.
Rogate brewery boss feeling flat about wage plans - May 2008

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Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
click to enlarge Cittaviveka Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, Chithurst
Chithurst is the location of the Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery, a monastery in the
Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism.
01730 814986
Stewards- English Sangha Trust, Cittaviveka. - website

1870 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales
In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Trotton like this -
TROTTON, a parish, with a village, in Midhurst district, Sussex; 1 mile NE of Elsted r. station, and 3 W by N of Midhurst.
Post town, Petersfield. Acres, 3,877. Real property, £3,451.
Pop., 452. Houses, 92.
The manor was long held by the family of Camois, and belongs now to R. H. Nevell, Esq. Trotton Place is the residence of A. E. Knox, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £420. Patrons, T. Staunton and F. Inman, Esqs. The church was rebuilt in 1400. The p. curacy of Milland is a separate benefice. The poet Otway was a native.

Chichester Smugglers click to enlargeSmugglers from the Chichester area
known to have worked with the Hawkhurst men

(A notorious gang of smugglers and murderers from Kent. c.1747)
John Mills - of Trotton, son of Richard Mills. Hanged at Chichester as accessory to murder of Chater and murderer of Richard Hawkins.
Richard Mills - of Trotton, hanged as accessory to murder of Chater.
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Tuxlith Chapel 
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Milland, West Sussex
OS; SU825283
It has been suggested that this building served as the original parish church of Trotton and was replaced by the present Trotton church early in the 14th century.
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TROTTON - West Sussex
Lat-Long: - 50.99 | -0.79
post code     GU31
phone code  01730
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Trotton with Chithurst Parish Council
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Parish Council website
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Liphook Station
Station Road, Liphook GU30 7DR -          view station facilities
Petersfield Station
Station Approach, Petersfield GU32 3EE - view station facilities
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Bill & Hilda Palmer - Keepers Arms 1972
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Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery
Cock Sparrow Hall
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Gazetteer 1870
Maureen Duke Witherwick
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Samuel Twyford
Southdowns hotel fire - Jan 2008
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Thomas Otway
Vintage photos, Trotton
History of Trotton - published 1953
Post Office Directory for Trotton 1851
Post Office Directory for Trotton 1867
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St Mary's in Chithurst
St George's in Trotton
Both are Anglican. St George's
used by the British Orthodox
Church on a monthly basis.


St. Georges Church, Trotton


St. Mary's Church, Chithurst


December 2016
Trotton woman named in New Year honours list
Maureen Duke

St. Georges memorialTrotton
World War 1
The memorial is at the
entrance to St. George's.
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Chithurst and Iping
Memorial at Church of
Good Shepherd, Iping.
16 names recorded on the
shrine on the East Wall.
2 burials in Iping Churchyard, neither recorded on memorial - click here

Water colour painted by Martin Hardie in 1946
titled - April Sunshine, Trotton Mill, Sussex.

Rother bridge, Trotton
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The Unquiet Grave
Collected by Clive Carey from Mr and Mrs Stemp, at Trotton, Sussex, in January 1912.
The Dark Eyed Sailor
This version, called 'Fair Phoebe And Her Sailor' was collected by Clive Carey from Richard Hopkins, at Chithurst in Sussex, in February 1911.



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