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Post Office Directory 1851, Woollavington, West Sussex
Woollavington is a parish 4 miles south-west of Petworth, and 4½ south-east from Midhurst, in Rotherbridge hundred, Arundel rape, and Easebourne union, with 2,370 acres, and a population of 418 in 1841. The Income Tax assessment £2,100; the living is a rectory united with Graffham, in the patronage of the Bishop of Oxford, value £164 per annum. Woollavington House, situated in a large well-wooded park, is a handsome mansion, occupied by Mrs Byles.
Letters received through Petworth.
Byles Mrs. Woollavington House
Mauning Archdeacon, Rectory
Luff Thomas, farmer, Westerland
O'Connor Cornelius, farm bailiff
Welch John, farmer

From Kelly's Post Office Directory 1867

Woolavington, { or Woollavington } is a parish, 4 miles south-west from Petworth, in the Western division of the county, Rotherbridge hundred, rape of Arundel, Midhurst union, county court district and rural deanery, and diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester. The manor cannot be identified in 'Domesday Survey', but soon after the Conquest it became attached to the earldom of Arundel, and has passed through many families since, the last being that of Serjeant. The church of St. Margaret is very ancient, and has 3 bells. The living is a rectory united with Graffham, in the gift of the Right Rev. Samuel Wilberforce, D.D., the present Bishop of Oxford, joint annual value £277, with residence in Graffham. Lavington House is the property of Dr. S. Wilberforce: the grounds around this place extend over the South Downs.
The parish consists of several portions, lying at a considerable distance apart, but of these two only are specially distinguished, by the prefix East and West; that which is known as East Woolavington is the older portion of the parish, and that which is described above - the other part - West Woolavington, joins Midhurst and forms for a considerable distance the eastern boundary of the high road from Midhurst to Chichester, so that now it is usual to describe the divisions thus - East Woolavington, near Petworth, and West Woolavington, near Midhurst.
In the western division the church of St. Mary Magdalen has recently been erected. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £100, in the same patronage as the parish church division; the Rev. James Currie, M.A., of University College, Oxford, is the incumbent. In the churchyard is the grave of the late Richard Cobden, Esq., the eminent politician and statist. Here is a Parochial school. The parish contains 2,530 acres, and had a population of 488 in 1861.
Parish Clerk, East Woolavington, Cornelius Connor.
Letters for East Woolavington received through Petworth, which is the nearest money order office
Letters for West Woolavington received through Midhurst, which is the nearest money order office
Parochial School, Miss Elizabeth Hullah, mistress
East Woolavington
Private residents
Handley Misses, Beechwood house
Oxford Bishop of
Colebrook James, farmer, Westerland
Connor Cornelius, farm bailiff to the Bishop of Oxford
Hopkins Wm. farmer
West Woolavington
Private residents
Currie Rev. James, M.A. Rectory house
Fisher William, esq.
Ingram Harriet (Miss), gentlemen's preparatory school
Catt Edmund, miller, Coster's mill
Lunn Henry, farmer

The above, in part, from:
The County Records Office holds a number of records relating to the parish, particularly burial, christening & marriage registers from 1668, and earler registers [from 1571] appear to have been indexed on the Mormon IGI via the Family search website-
The 1871 census was for Woolavington, 1881 census was taken for East and West Lavington separately.

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