Extract from Post Office Directory of Sussex, 1851
Trotton, in Dumford & Easebourne hundreds, rape of Chichester, is a long and narrow parish, and extends from the north to south nearly 7 miles, and about ¾ mile in breadth. The village is on the banks of the river West Rother, 4 miles west of Midhurst.
Population, in 1831, 416; and in 1841, 481.
The living is a rectory, value £296 per annum; patron, the lord of the manor; incumbent, Rev. Batchellor.
In this parish was born the poet Otway. The area is 3,789, assessed at £3,506.
Milland is a chapelry with 138 inhabitants.
Letters received through Midhurst.
Davidson Capt. John, Trotton House
Twyford Samuel, esq. - killed 1855 Crimea
Aburrow Edward, farmer | Ayling John, farmer | Beagly George, “Black Fox” | Challen John, farmer
Eames Mrs Elizabeth, farmer | Field Alfred, farmer | Gardner Moses, blacksmith | Good Mrs Susannah, farmer
Heather Mrs Elizabeth, beer retailer | Jeffries Robert, farmer | Randall John & Son, farmers
Restell Charles, farmer | Restell Robert, farmer
Extract from Post Office Directory of Sussex, 1867
Trotton is a long and narrow parish, and extends from north to south nearly 7 miles, and about three quarters of a mile in breadth; it is in the Western division of the county, Dumpford hundred, Midhurst county court district, union and rural deanery, rape, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester. The village is on the banks of the river West Rother, 4 miles west from Midhurst.
The church of St. George was rebuilt about 1400 by Baron Camois, and consists of a chancel and nave, with a massive tower and shingle spire; in the church is a very fine monumental brass to the memory of Baron Camois and his wife, the widow of Hotspur. The register commences in 1581. The living is a rectory, value £296 per annum, with residence, in the gift of, and held by, the Rev. Edward William Batchellor, B.A., of Christ Church, Oxford. During the reign of Edward the Confessor this lordship was held of the King by Countess Goda: after the Conquest it was given by William to the Earl Montgomerie: in the reign of Edward I. it was given by tenure of military suit to Sir Ralph Camois. From the long period that it remained in this family, it derived a name by which it is sometimes known, viz., "Camois Court:" it passed to the family of Lewknor, then to that of Twyford, lately to that of Mowatt, and is now the property of Reginald Henry Nevill, Esq., of Turwick.
In this parish was born Thomas Otway, the dramatist: at the time of his birth, the Rev. Humphrey Otway, his father, was curate of the parish.
The population in 1861 was 452, and the area is 3,877 acres.
DUMFORD (or Dumpford) is a hamlet, giving name to the hundred. WHITES and GOLDINGS are other places.
TUXLYTHE (or Milland) is a chapelry belonging to Trotton, 4 miles north-west from Midhurst.
Parish Clerk, George Parrott.
Letters through Petersfield. The nearest money order offices are at Midhurst & Petersfield
Batchellor Rev. Edward William, B.A. | Eames Mrs. Dumford | Knox Arthur Edward, esq. Trotton pl.
Aburrow William, shopkeeper, Milland | Boxall Hannah (Mrs.), carpenter, Milland | Bridger James, farmer, Dumford
Cole Joseph, farmer, Trippetts | Fifield William, beer retailer | Good Susannah (Mrs.), farmer, Whites
Jefferies Robert, farmer, Goldings | Marchant William, farmer, Cannes farm, Milland | Pennicott George, blacksmith
Restall Charles, farmer, Love Hill farm | Restall Robert, farmer, Dumford | Simmons Robert, wheelwright
Wakeford Henry, miller, Milland | Warrington John, Black Fox, Milland | Weeks William, clock maker, Milland
Birthplace: Trotton, Sussex
Died: 14-Apr-1685, London
Thomas Otway was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.
He was born at Trotton, near Midhurst, the parish of which his father, Humphrey Otway, was at that time curate.
Humphrey later became rector of Woolbeding, a neighbouring parish, where Thomas Otway was brought up. He was educated at Winchester College, and in 1669 entered Christ Church College, Oxford, as a commoner, but left the university without a degree in the autumn of 1672.
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Lieutenant Samuel Twyford - HMS London (Naval Brigade) - killed - 9th April 1855
Aged 25. Son of Revd. Charles Edward Twyford, rector of Trotton, near Midhurst, Sussex.
Royal Naval Brigade cemetery, near Third Division Camp - "Sacred to the memory of Lieut Samuel Twyford Royal Navy who was killed by the fire from the Russian trenches whilst serving with the Naval Brigade April 9th 1855."
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